A Nigerian judicial commission of inquiry has issued an unprecedented condemnation of a shootout between Nigerian security forces and protesters that resulted in nine deaths — including the apparently random murder of a police officer.
“The commission considers that the protest and violent demonstration by Lekki Toll Gate perpetrators was clearly an orchestrated effort to end the toll gate operations and that the security personnel deployed that fateful day were well pre-determined to prevail,” the commission said, according to The Guardian. “The commission now believes that the defenceless victims did not provoke the police during the incident.”
Following several protests against the operation of the toll gate and its discriminatory pay, Nigerian defense and federal police issued warnings to protesters not to clash with security forces because their actions risked provoking armed militants that the authorities claimed were planning to attack toll gate in Lagos.
After police fired on protesters, demonstrators responded by setting a police bus ablaze and attacking and firing on a military post near the toll gate.
The commission of inquiry unanimously condemned the violent scenes, calling the shootings a “massacre.”
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