Lekki tollgate: Over 76,400 sign petition for Buhari prosecution after Lagos EndSARS panel report

 Lekki tollgate: Over 76,400 sign petition for Buhari prosecution after Lagos EndSARS panel report

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

Reno Omokri, a former Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan, has gathered 76,420 signatures on the change.org platform as of 12:39 p.m. on Friday.

The petition, which was filed on Wednesday, was brought after the Lagos #EndSARS panel implicated the Buhari administration in its findings.

The petition is the first of Nigerian origin to reach that milestone in two days, with over 75,471 signatures.

‘A Plea to the International Criminal Court to Arraign Muhammadu Buhari for Crimes Against Humanity,’ reads the petition.

The petition asked the International Criminal Court to try and imprison Buhari for crimes against humanity allegedly committed at the Lekki tollgate on October 20, 2020.

At least nine people were declared deceased at the Lekki toll plaza on the night military came there to disperse #EndSARS protests on October 20, 2020, according to the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters.

This was stated in the report delivered to the Lagos State Government on Monday by the Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel.

In the report, titled, ‘Report Of Lekki Incident Investigation Of 20th October 2020’, a copy of which was sighted by our correspondent, the panel said the atrocious killing of unarmed protesters at Lekki toll gate on the night of October 20, 2020, can be equated to a ‘massacre’ in context.

The panel also indicted the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lekki Concession Company, the police, and the army.

The body of the petition read, “On October 20, 2020, the Buhari administration murdered multiple innocent, unarmed, peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in a massacre that has since been dubbed #LekkiMassacre.

“These youths were protesting to put an end to the rampant police brutality that had become the hallmark of the Buhari regime, which treats so-called repentant Boko Haram almost like royalty, while coming hard on young Nigerians, sometimes for the flimsiest reason, such as wearing dreadlocks.

“Following the murders of these protesters, the Buhari administration denied that the incident ever occurred. They threatened those, like myself, who insisted, with proof, that this massacre happened. The government even threatened to jail people who called for those behind the murders to be brought to book.

“However, on Monday, November 15, 2021, the Lagos state Panel of Inquiry into EndSARS released its report to the state government in which it established judicially that not only did the massacre occur, but that the government of Muhammadu Buhari and its agents, re the Nigerian Army and Police, perpetuated the murders.

“This petition is therefore directed at the International Criminal Court to set machinery in motion for the trial of Muhammadu Buhari for crimes against humanity in the same way that former Liberian President, Charles Taylor, was tried and convicted.”

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