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Lekki massacre: MURIC berates panel report

Tobi Adebayo
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has said that the leaked report of the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry on the Lekki shootings lacks credibility.

In a statement on Thursday by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, MURIC said that the report was full of “inconsistencies”, adding that the panel was “desperate to indict at all cost.”

The statement read “In the wake of a Tsunami of rejections which greeted the leaked report of the #EndSARS report, we of the Muslim Rights Concern, having critically scrutinised the report with the aid of experts hereby affirm that the said report is full of loopholes, discrepancies, half-truths, irregularities and inconsistencies too many to mention.

“For the sake of clarity, we assert that life is sacred and to that extent, we abhor the killing of protesters even if it’s just one person.

“The wording of the report is replete with terminological inexactitude. Exempli Gratia, the word ‘massacre’ was used to describe the so-called killing of a total of 9 people whereas ‘massacre’ is used for the killing of tens, hundreds and thousands of people. This’s symptomatic of desperation to indict at all cost.

“Nigerians were made to suffer the trauma of mathematical juggling from DJ Switch’s 78 bodies to CNN’s 56, BBC’s 38 and the feminists’ paltry figure of twenty-three which the panel pruned down to 9 bodies. But analysts have even reduced the figure to 3 or 4 after establishing prima facie cases of improper evaluation of evidence. This report can’t stand the test of time.

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“For instance, the Doctor at Reddington never mentioned that a dead body was deposited at the hospital, yet the panel claimed on page 287 that he did. Kolade Salami, who was killed in 2019, was listed among the victims of the Lekki shootings.

“Half of the names were given without addresses, while no relations have turned up to claim bodies and yet the panel recommends payment of compensation to the non-existing families.

“These are some of the reasons the panel’s recommendations are laughable, irrational and unrealistic.”

 

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