Prove your claims or shut up, FG tells Amnesty over Lekki shootings

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The Federal Government has warned Amnesty International (AI) to substantiate its claims of massacre at the Lekki Tollgate last October or remain mute.

The government made this known in its response to AI’s allegation of cover up in the handling of the purported crackdown and killings of #EndSARS protesters in Lagos.

In a release to mark 100 days of the Lekki Tollgate incidence, AI, alleged that Nigerian authorities were covering up in bringing the perpetrators of the purported killings to book.

However, speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, accused AI of disinformation and double standard.

Specifically, the minister said AI had no proof to justify its claim that 12 people were killed by the military at the incidence.

“If Amnesty International has any proof, it should come out with it or shut up.

“After a lot of dillydally, Amnesty International said 12 people were shot at the Lekki Toll Gate.

“They should take advantage of the Judicial Panel of Enquiry set up by Lagos State to tell the names and addresses of the 12 people they claim were shot at the toll gate,’’ he said.

The minister said AI had no respect for the Nigerian judiciary by coming out with the report while the judicial panel of enquiry was still sitting on the case.

Mohammed also accused the global body of double standard in the handling of cases involving Nigeria and some other developing countries compared to some developed world.

He said the AI did not say one word when the American government arrested and are prosecuting those who invaded Capitol Hill in Washington aftermath of the U.S. presidential elections.

“American government has vowed that they will search, arrest and prosecute anybody involved in the attack on Capitol Hill.

“When Nigeria wanted to arrest and prosecute those hoodlums responsible for the killings of 37 policemen, six soldiers during the EndSARS protest, Amnesty International will find fault.

“At the Lekki Toll Gate incident in Lagos, they described the hoodlums as peaceful protesters, while the people who invaded Capitol hill in the US were called insurrectionists.

“When the U.S. government denied the investigators from the International Criminal Court visa to enter the U.S., we did not hear a word from Amnesty International.

“They will soon lose their respect and credibility if they continue to operate this double standard,’’ he said.

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