ABUJA, Nigeria – The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Thursday, said Amnesty International (AI) would soon lose its credibility due to misinformation and double standards.
Mohammed was responding to AI’s allegations of a cover-up in the handling of the alleged killing of End SARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos in October 2020.
In a press release to mark the 100 days of the Lekki Toll Gate incident, Amnesty International, a global movement to end abuses of human rights, alleged that Nigerian authorities were covering up in bringing the perpetrators of the purported killings to book.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja, Mohammed said AI has no proof to justify its claims that 12 people were killed by the military at the Lekki tollgate.
He said: “If Amnesty International has any proof, it should come out with it or shut up.
“After a lot of dilly-dallying, Amnesty International said 12 people were shot at the Lekki Toll Gate.
“They should take advantage of the Judicial Panel of Enquiry set up by Lagos state to tell the names and addresses of the 12 people they claim were shot at the toll gate.
“They will soon lose their respect and credibility if they continue to operate this double standard.
“When Nigeria wanted to arrest and prosecute those hoodlums responsible for the killings of 37 Policemen, six Soldiers during the EndSARS protest, Amnesty International will find fault.
“At the Lekki toll gate incident in Lagos, they described the hoodlums as peaceful protesters, while the people who invaded capitol hill in the US were called insurrectionists.”