#EndSARS: Full Text Of What Lai Mohammed Said On CNN Report About Lekki Shooting

The federal government of Nigeria has responded to the report by CNN on the Lekki toll gate incident which occurred on October 20, 2020.

The government reaction was conveyed via a press conference addressed on Thursday, 19th November in Abuja by the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

The CNN in its report had questioned the narrative presented to the public regarding what transpired between peaceful #EndSARS protesters and security operatives at the Lekki toll gate plaza on October 20.

Naija News has now obtained the full text of the government’s response as made public by Minister Lai Mohammed.

Below is the full text of the speech by the Minister on the EndSARS protest and its aftermath.

“Good morning gentlemen, and welcome to this press conference. It’s no longer news that the EndSARS protest last month degenerated into mindless violence after it was hijacked by hoodlums. In the aftermath of the protest, however, there are lingering issues, hence this press conference to take a holistic look at such issues.

The federal government of Nigeria has responded to the report by CNN on the Lekki toll gate incident which occurred on October 20, 2020.

The government reaction was conveyed via a press conference addressed on Thursday, 19th November in Abuja by the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

The CNN in its report had questioned the narrative presented to the public regarding what transpired between peaceful #EndSARS protesters and security operatives at the Lekki toll gate plaza on October 20.

2. Before we delve into those issues, let’s look at the demand of the EndSARS protesters, whose campaign was aimed at ending police brutality and disbanding the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), and the response of the Federal Government:

THE FIVE DEMANDS OF THE #ENDSARS MOVEMENT:
i) Immediate release of all arrested protesters.
ii) Justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and
appropriate compensation for their families.
iii) Setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation and
prosecution of all reports of police misconduct within 10 days.
iv) In line with the new Police Act, psychological evaluation and
retraining (to be confirmed by an independent body) of all disbanded
SARS officers before they can be redeployed.
v) Increase police salary so that they are adequately compensated
for protecting the lives and property of citizens.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE:
Gentlemen, the EndSARS campaign had barely begun last month when the
Inspector-General of Police announced, on Oct. 11th 2020, the immediate disbandment of SARS across the 36 State Police Commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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