101 Fake News author on EndSARS exposes inconsistencies in report –
Award-winning campus reporter and author of 101 Fake News on EndSARS, Dahiru M. Lawal, among other Nigerians, exposed what they see as inconsistencies in a report submitted by Judge Doris Okowubi, President of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry which investigated allegations of brutality against EndSARS protesters in Lagos State.
The panel paper was submitted barely a month after the book’s presentation on EndSARS in Abuja.
The book, “101 Fake News on #EndSARS,” identifies key misinformation that contributed to the mass destruction after the peaceful #EndSARS movement turned into violent nationwide protests in 2020.
After receiving the report on Monday, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu established a four-member White Paper committee, pledging to ensure that justice is served to all concerned.
Speaking to PRNigeria, following the controversy, Lawal said he looked at the 300+ page report where he identified a number of claims that raise more questions than answers.
He said: “Much of what the panel relied on to reach its conclusions was based on accounts from protesters, the same group of people who peddled the disinformation and fake news that sabotaged the EndSARS movement. .
“So how reliable can these accounts be?
“In addition, Judge Okowubi stated that the Panel reviewed 186 of the 252 petitions it received.
“What happened to the other 66 and on what basis were they filtered and to what extent can we trust the procedure which filtered out what was taken into account and what was not ? “
Lawal also expressed shock at some of the names in the report allegedly listed as victims of the “Lekki massacre”.
He said: “For example, pages 168 and 185 of the report identify Kolade Salami (Johnson) as a victim of the Lekki Tollgate incident when in fact the media from April 2019 identified the same Kolade as a victim killed by men believed to be from special anti-sect police unit while watching a football match at a neighborhood observation center.
“At the time, Lagos police spokesman Bala Elkana issued a statement at around 6:40 pm the following Monday, announcing the arrest of the squad members who carried out the act.
Another name, Nathaniel Solomon, who appeared when the panel resumed hearing on January 30, 2021, who was also reported, claiming that his brother who died in the Lekki incident had since been buried in Mubi , in Adamawa State.
“The same name Nathaniel Solomon was also among the deceased in the report.
“Likewise, a certain Folorunsho Olabisi, mentioned on page 185 as a victim, had already been denied by the Saint-Nicolas hospital in Lagos.
However, reactions continued to follow the report from various quarters, with some describing it as riddled with concoctions and fallacies.
Social media influencer Adejare Ibrahim described the EndSARS group report as spurious and inconsistent.
Posting on Facebook, Ibrahim said the Lagos State Commission of Inquiry had done many Nigerians a disservice.
He said: “The report is a pure distortion of glaring facts and cannot, in the face of full investigation and sophisticated analysis, stand the test of time. the claim by some Nigerians that no one really died at Lekki Tollgate. “
Citing some of the examples of Kolade Johnson, Nathaniel Solomon, Florunso Olabisi among others, he said:, VI, Lagos. Hospital management then debunked the malicious allegations that they had not received any corpses at their hospital. To date, no one has countered the request of the Saint-Nicolas hospital. The fact remains that the presumed death of Folorunso Olabisi remains a myth. How the name crept into the Okuwobi Panel Report later is surprising.
Mentioning the names of Jide, Tola and Wisdom, Ibrahim simply wrote, “Honestly, this is hilarious and laughable. I don’t want to believe that a retired Lagos High Court judge approved this below-the-belt report for public consumption. For God’s sake, what is the significance of this? Who is Jide, Tola, Wisdom without names, descriptions, nothing! It is shameful !
“Kenechukwu Ugoh: his identity could not be found on social networks. The only person, whose name is close to that, is not active on social media. I have browsed the profiles of some of his family and friends. None of them said he was dead. The Panel should tell us how they arrived at his name.
“Olalekan Abideen Ashafa: No one has that name on social media. How he doesn’t have a social media address or someone declaring him dead is amazing.
“Olamilekan Ajasa: There are people with that name on Facebook. Some of them are active and alive. There is no indication that they are dead.
“These are the people Judge Okuwobi wants us to believe are dead in Lekki, when there is no specific fact to support these claims. The Panel should have understood that Nigerians are critical thinkers, who will not accept anything thrown at them with hook, line and sinker. They will always verify the veracity of anything you tell them. Nigerians are very bright.
“To this day, no member of their family has come forward. The panel tells us that they have no family members in Nigeria. After all, family members of the Ikoyi collapse victims, within hours, quickly showed up after the sad incident. Why haven’t family members of Lekki’s ghost victims show up after a year? Are they still afraid?
“The truth is that the Nigerian army, represented by Major General Ibrahim Taiwo, had told the plain truth on the day of the presentation to the Panel. The presentation was evidence-based and devoid of empty emotions. The army, as a public institution, deserves a certain respect from Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Their report revealed the truth. Many of us have also presented the truth in its simplest form. Our reports deserve to be examined, not the report of those who turned out not to be neutral from the start of the report.
“In conclusion, I implore Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to think deeply and meditate on this report before accepting it as a fact. The report is no different from all the garbage reported by CNN, some Nigerian newspapers and their social media cronies. It is full of irregularities, discrepancies and fictions. It would be a huge disservice to many Nigerians if the report was taken into account in any way.
“Lagos State Attorney General and Justice Commissioner Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) should carefully review the report before issuing a white paper as ordered by the governor. Those who have killed and maimed our security guards and innocent citizens and destroyed public and private property deserve to be punished and not compensated for their criminal acts.
Okuwobi said he took 186 petitions out of the 252 received into writing his report.