Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu, has said President Muhammadu Buhari must be held responsible after Nigerian soldiers and police officers were indicted in the Lekki shooting of October 20, 2020.
Moghalu in a post on his Twitter account on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari as the Commander-in-Chief, should also take responsibility for the killing.
The former Presidential candidate stated this while reacting to the report submitted by the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Monday which indicted the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force.
The panel in the report submitted to the Lagos State Government disclosed that several people were killed on October 20, 2020, at Lekki Tollgate, while many others were injured.
Moghalu in his tweet wrote, “Now that the Lagos State @followlasg Judicial Panel of Inquiry has affirmed that peaceful Nigerian citizens protesting police brutality were massacred at #Lekkitollgate in Lagos a year ago, the individuals in the @HQNigerianArmy and @PoliceNG who gave the unlawful orders for the extrajudicial killings — as well as those who pulled the trigger must pay for their crimes with prosecution and punishment.
“As I said when the news of the killings broke to the world, these are violations of international humanitarian law in addition to national laws. This was mass murder and attempted mass murder, pure and simple. The perpetrators must not go free, and adequate restitution which is also within the mandate of the judicial panel must be made to all the protesters who were murdered in cold blood, injured, or assaulted.
“As a United Nations official in the mid-1990s, I trained Cambodian and Croatian security institutions in human rights standards to prevent the kind of extrajudicial killings and police brutality that occurred at Lekki and which the #EndSARS protests confronted.
“Nigeria has turned into a country marked by an increasing rise of official lawlessness, arbitrariness and repression of its citizens by agencies of @NigeriaGov This does not behove a country that claims to be a democracy.
“Root and branch reform of the @HQNigerianArmy and @PoliceNG on respect for the human rights of Nigerian civilians remains urgently needed. It must not only be declared as done or as a rhetorical objective. It must be seen to have happened going forward.
“President @MBuhari should take responsibility as the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces for the #LekkiMassacre. He must ensure and enforce accountability for this heinous crime by troops under his ultimate command.
“At the very least, in addition to judicial accountability for the victims, he and his Government owe the families of the victims and Nigerians, in general, a formal and unreserved apology for this tragic occurrence.
“I offer my heartfelt condolences once again to the families of the deceased victims of the #LekkiMassacre October 20, 2020, was a day that will live in infamy in the history of Nigeria. May the blood of our youth shed by those whose duty it was to protect their lives not have been spilt in vain. May this kind of tragedy never happen again in our land.”