Lekki Killings: Moghalu Tasks Buhari To Ensure Military, Police Personnel Found Culpable Are Punished

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Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, presidential candidate and former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that since the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry has affirmed that peaceful citizens protesting police brutality were massacred at Lekki Toll Gate by members of the Nigerian Army and the Police, President Muhammadu Buhari should ensure that those found culpable are punished.
Moghalu in a press statement on Tuesday stated that Buhari should take responsibility as the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces for the Lekki massacre, stressing that he must ensure and enforce accountability for the heinous crime by troops and other security agents under his command.
“At the very least, in addition to judicial accountability for the victims, he and his government owe the families of the victims and Nigerians in general a formal and unreserved apology for this tragic occurrence. Those who pulled the trigger must pay for their crimes with prosecution and imprisonment,” Moghalu said.
He  said  that when the news of the killings broke to the world, there were violations of international humanitarian law in addition to national laws, pointing out that there was mass murder, and attempted mass murder.
“The perpetrators must not go free, and adequate restitution which also is within the mandate of the judicial panel must be made to all the protesters who were murdered in cold blood, injured or assaulted,” he said.
Moghalu said that as a United Nations official in the mid-1990s, he trained Cambodian and Croatian security institutions in human rights standards to prevent the kind of extrajudicial killings and police brutality that occurred at Lekki and which the #EndSARS protesters confronted.
“Nigeria has turned into a country marked by an increasing rise of official lawlessness, arbitrariness and repression of its citizens by agencies of the government.”
“This doesn’t behoove a country that claims to be a democracy. Root and branch reform of the Nigerian Army and the Police on respect for the human rights of Nigerians remain urgently needed. It must not only be declared as done or as a rhetorical objective, but must be seen to have happened going forward,” he said.
While condoling with the families of the deceased victims of the Lekki massacre, the former presidential candidate said that October 20, 2020 was a day that will live in infamy in the history of Nigeria.
“May the blood of our youth shed by those whose duty it was to protect their lives not have been spilled in vain? May this kind of tragedy never happen again in our land,” he prayed.

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