A serious indicated has emerged and now revealed that some of the viral photos on social media believed to be photos of victims shot dead at the unfortunate incident at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday evening, are false.
Some of the victims whose photos are being shared as dead have now come out to debunk the claims.
One Steve Abbey whose photo has been shared as dead debunked the news on Twitter saying “This is not the guy on the IG live. This guy is me and you need to take this down immediately. What will you benefit for chasing clout at this trying time? Why pass information. I am alive and well. TAKE THIS DOWN!!…. Take this down. Make una no kill me before my time.”
He replied with the following tweets below.
Also debunking another viral photo of a dead corps members at the Lekki Toll Gate, one Onyinye Francis a corps member and leader of an NYSC drama group claimed the shared photos are from a drama they did on the 1st of October 2020 in NCCF Akwa Ibom state.
“Please ma, she is not dead, it was a drama we acted on Ist October 2020 in NCCF Akwa Ibom state drama night theme Heal our land ooh lord. I can send you the drama presentation, we are safe, she is safe also”
One Kimmie Coco also debunked her viral photo making rounds on social media saying “am alive o !!! Stop posting my picture everywhere with an RIP tag. I wasn’t at any protest, stop spreading fake news…Please I was not at any protest today, not left the house for days.stop the fake news!!! I am very alive I am at home I don’t even understand where the story is coming from but take down the RIP’s”
Another one rumoured to be Samuel David has also been debunked. One Micookie Banks first shared a photo of him saying “RIP SAMUEL DAVID history won’t forget you ,guys pls help retweet he lost his life to the massacre yesterday #LekkitollgateMassacre#EndSARSImmediately#endsars“
And many have now confirmed it is a false tweet as the guy in the picture is not even a Nigerian, but a Ghanaian, Kofi based in the UK.
Popular TV Presenter Ik Osakioduwa also made some clarifications as regards the fake photos being shared on social media.
Regarding a Lucia, he wrote “Her name is Lucia. And according to a handle on Instagram that posted about her death a day ago, while it is tragic, it was not a result of the shooting at the toll gate. It was from a motorcycle accident on her way home from protesting. #EndSARS.”
In another tweet, he wrote “Apparently The lady and two gentlemen in photo seen across social media allegedly died a day before in a motorcycle accident. I checked her Friend’s page and saw that she posted about it day before yesterday. Check”
Some Nigerians reacted saying they were paid while others simply cautioned the people that are peddling these fake rumours.
The fact that these ones claim they were not part of the fatalities at the Lekki Toll Gate doesn’t mean nobody died.
#EndSARS: Old Women, Other Lead Protest, Says They March For The Children In Lagos
In what many described history seems to have resumed with full force in Lagos State on Thursday with protesters marching by Tejuosho Road in the Yaba area of the state.
According to reports, Old women and some young men brandished various placards in the area, defying the scorching heat to march for almost two hours.
They continued to chant, “End SARS and we march for our children.”
A number of them were also seen carrying the Nigerian flag in their hands, with microphones to make their voices audible.
The EndSARS movement, mostly peaceful, had turned to a blood field on Tuesday, October 20, when the personnel of the Nigerian Army went to the Lekki Tollgate area and opened fire on the crowds.
The soldiers from the 65 Battalion, Nigerian Army, Bonny Camp, Victoria Island, reportedly killed and injured several demonstrators.
A certain Lieutenant Colonel Bello, who was the Commanding Officer of the battalion, had reportedly led the soldiers to fire bullets at the scene. However, he claimed before the ongoing Lagos State Panel of Inquiry that he only fired blank ammunition into the air.
A day after the shootings, the Lagos State Governor had initially denied any loss of life from the gunfire or that he was aware of the deployment of soldiers.
Later, he admitted that two persons were killed in the incident, while the army said in a terse statement that the state government requested a military clampdown on the protesters to enforce its earlier-than-scheduled curfew.
FG Petitions CNN Over investigative Report On Lekki Shooting, Threatens Action
The Federal Government has written a petition to the US-based Cable News Network (CNN), demanding an immediate and exhaustive investigation into its report on the Lekki Tollgate shooting, to determine its authenticity and conformity to basic standards of journalism.
The government berated CNN for its investigative report on the #EndSARS protest in Lekki area of Lagos, pointing out that the media outfit breached the most basic of the core principles of journalism – balance and fairness.
In the petition written by the Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to Jonathan Hawkins, VP (Communications) in CNN Centre Atlanta, Georgia; the government said that if the international media organization does not carry out its demand, it will take any action within its laws to prevent CNN from making the #EndSARS crisis worse.
According to a report from Mouthpiece NGR, the government’s letter dated November 23, 2020, is titled “Re: How a bloody night of bullets quashed a young protest movement”.
The letter reads
FG Will Replace Properties Destroyed By Hoodlums, SGF Assures FRSC
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha has assured the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) that all the properties of the corps that were destroyed by hoodlums at the aftermath of the ENDSARS protest would be replaced by the federal government.
Speaking on Thursday in Abuja when he visited the Corps to inspect some of the vehicles and bikes recently purchased, he noted that about Eight Commands across the country were affected as well as 28 vehicles.
Lagos: Ijanikin office of FRSC, VIO set ablaze by hoodlums
He said the federal government would look into the plight of the corps and ensure that the vehicles were replaced to enable the officers carry out their activities effectively.
Mustapha noted that during the yuletide, officers of the corps would be needed to help protect the highways and ensure it was safe for motorist to travel on.
On his part, Corps Marshal of the corps, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi said the vehicles that were procured would be given to states and commands that got affected by the hoodlums attack before others commands can get theirs.
He said about 16 patrol vehicles were procured alongside some ambulances and towing trucks hence, the towing trucks would be deployed to Lagos State due to the traffic nature of the state.
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