Nigerian Supreme Court condemns Lekki road toll gate massacre

Written by Staff Writer, CNN

The Nigerian Supreme Court has condemned the shooting at a toll gate on the Lekki Expressway — one of the country’s busiest — which left 24 motorists dead.

The Supreme Court justices said the shooting, which happened on April 16, had to be immediately investigated. They added that witnesses had spoken of shootings every time they were near the toll gate at the time of the incident.

The court declared that the shooting was a “massacre of innocent Nigerians and an act of deliberate collusion that denied the victims their fundamental rights to life.”

A survivor of the shooting, 100-year-old Jemila Saka, told CNN that when the toll gate came under fire, “two gunmen came from the side gate to the north and two of them came from the south gate and they were shouting gunshots.”

“They got on all four wheel-chairs and started shooting at the road side,” she said. “They shot in the air. The soldiers came and tried to stop them.”

Vanguard newspaper reported that Saka had described an attack by “terrorists” as well as “trigger-happy soldiers,” in a telephone interview with another survivor, Adedamola Ogunwusi.

The toll gate tragedy came after a public outcry following a soldier’s role in allegedly driving a truck packed with explosives into a crowded market in Kano on December 19, killing more than 200 people.

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