The Federal Government has rejected the report of the panel on #EndSARS protest in Lagos.
It insisted that there was no massacre in Lekki Toll Gate.
It said the report in circulation does not justify any massacre at the toll gate.
It faulted the alleged notion that soldiers and the police massacred innocent Nigerians during the protest.
It asked those celebrating the report to go back to see whether there was any justification.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed made the government’s position at a briefing in Abuja.
He said: “It’s no longer news that the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry that investigated cases of police brutality as well as the incident of Oct. 20th, 2020, at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos has submitted its report.
” The submission happened while I was out of the country on national assignment.
” Unlike many commentators and analysts, we took our time to read and digest the report, and we are now well placed to respond.
” Without mincing words, let me say that never in the history of any Judicial Panel in this country has its report been riddled with so many errors, inconsistencies, discrepancies, speculations, innuendoes, omissions and conclusions that are not supported by evidence.
“What is circulating in public space is simply a rehash of the unverified fake news that has been playing on social media since the incident of Oct.20th 2020.
” It is simply incredible that a Judicial Panel set up to investigate an incident has submitted a report laden with allegations, the same allegations it was set up to investigate in the first instance. Instead of sitting for all of one year, the panel could have just compiled social media ‘tales by the moonlight’ on the incident and submitted, saving taxpayers’ funds and everyone’s time.