Presidency rejects Amnesty International’s report on Lekki shooting

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The Adviser to the on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has rejected the report by on the Lekki shootings.


Adesina, who is the most senior spokesman, said on Thursday that Amnesty could have more facts about the country than the Presidency which has a ‘ view’ of things happening in the country.

Speaking on Channels Television’ Sunrise Daily , Adesina said the looting and rioting were caused by the military shootings because there was already violence before the Lekki incident.

Responding to a question on the Lekki shootings, he said, “You are quite correct. You are falling for the narrative of . And Amnesty is wrong. had broken loose before even Lekki. The prisons in Benin and Oko had been broken before Lekki. Orile police station had been burnt before Lekki.

“Many policemen had been burnt before Lekki. So, you cannot say was Lekki that precipitated all those things. Look at the timelines, look at when all those things. You will discover that had happened before Lekki. So, you are falling for the gambit of .

“Amnesty International does not have all the facts, they don’t run this country, they shouldn’t know beyond what they have been told. They shouldn’t know more than you and I should know as media people as watchers of developments.”


When asked if was the thinking that Amnesty’ report was wrong, Adesina said the global watchdog had been known to always make unsubstantiated reports about Nigeria.

“Many times, the military has come out to facts brought out by Amnesty,” he said.

When probed further as to whether the President approved the military action in Lekki as the commander-in-, Adesina said he would not to undermine the work of the panel of inquiry looking into the matter.