While Nigerians are marking the one year memorial of the #EndSars protest, a group of government backed protesters has converged on the Unity Fountain in Abuja, saying “nobody died at Lekki tollgate” in Lagos.
The protesters who were conveyed to the venue on a bus, displayed placards various placards with inscriptions such as ”#EndSarsProtest; Lekki shooting was a hoax”, and ”Nobody died at Lekki tollgate”.
Okpokwu Ogenyi, leader of the pro-government protesters, said the #EndSARS protesters were mobilised to blackmail the Buhari administration.
“We shall no longer keep quiet while unscrupulous elements are trying to blackmail the Buhari government,” he said.
Some of the protesters TheCable spoke to said they did not know why they were brought to the Unity Fountain.
Hadisatu, one of the protesters, said she did not know why she was brought to the protest venue, but that she had gone to pray and was brought there after he prayers.
When asked if she was paid to be there, she said, “it’s when we go that we will be paid”.Advertisement
Also Joy, another protester, said one Miss Bello asked her to show up, adding “I don’t why I am here”.
On October 20, 2020, soldiers reportedly opened fire on protesters campaigning against police brutality at Lekki tollgate.
While some reports, including civil society groups say some protesters were killed in the attack, the federal government has disputed this account.
Earlier, Lai Mohammed, minister of information, on Wednesday had described the Lekki incident as a ”phantom massacre”.