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#EndSARS: Fake news peddlers mislead Wikipedia into claiming 120 died at Lekki

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The Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia has joined the long list of global victims of the vicious propaganda surrounding the #EndSARS movement and the phantom Lekki massacre.

The internet-based encyclopaedia medium was caught quoting 120 casualty figures for the Lekki massacre that never took place and attributing such falsehood to Amnesty International (AI).

Despite recent developments like the Lagos state government White Paper on the Panel Report which confirmed unequivocally that there was no such thing as the massacre at Lekki, Wikipedia has continued to mislead the world that 120 unarmed civilians were killed on October 20, 2020, at Lekki Toll Plaza.

Despite overwhelming pieces of evidence to the contrary, the narrative of 120 massacred victims is still on the Wikipedia site, PRNigeria can authoritatively report as of December 1, 2021, on its website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Lekki_shooting.

“On the night of 20 October 2020, at about 6:50 p.m., members of the Nigerian Army opened fire on unarmed #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos State, Nigeria. Amnesty International stated that at least 120 protesters were killed during the shooting,” the website is claiming

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Meanwhile, PRNigeria in its best-selling book, “101 Fake News on #EndSARS”, reports that Amnesty International in its official press statement during the period only claimed that twelve persons were killed by men of the Nigerian army and police at two different locations during the EndSARS protests in Lagos.

The official statement from Amnesty International did not claim the 12 casualties were recorded at Lekki toll gate. It merely stated that: “The Nigerian Army and Police killed at least 12 peaceful protesters yesterday at two locations in Lagos… Lekki and Alausa.”

Meanwhile, Wikipedia also provides disclaimers on some articles on its website which may contain significant factual inaccuracies, i.e. information that is verifiably wrong.

It states that: “Wikipedia is not a reliable source for citations … Because it can be edited by anyone at any time, any information it contains at a particular time could be a work in progress, or just plain wrong.

“Edits on Wikipedia that are in error may eventually be fixed. However, because Wikipedia is a volunteer-run project, it cannot constantly monitor every contribution. There are many errors that remain unnoticed for hours, days, weeks, months, or even years. Therefore, Wikipedia should not be considered a definitive source in and of itself.”

PRNigeria gathered that the contributors of the misleading information are fake news peddlers whose contents have been exposed on various platforms through fact-checking systems.

Even the account of alleged “massacre” victims given by Justice Doris Okowubi (rtd) led Lagos State Panel on Restitution for Victims of #EndSARS and other matters vary from that of Wikipedia – despite the panel’s reliance on the same platform for the definition of the term “massacre.”

On page 294 of the Panel Report, it concludes that what happened at the infamous Lekki Toll Gate incident could be likened to a “massacre” following which it gave Wikipedia’s definition that, “a massacre has been defined as the killing of multiple individuals, which is considered to be morally unacceptable especially when perpetrated by political actors against defenceless victims.”

However, while the panel attempted to rely on Wikipedia’s definition to contextualise the term massacre, its claims that at least nine persons were killed by security agents when they allegedly stormed the Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020.

Controversy has continued to surround the leaked unauthorised version of the report with so many inconsistencies and irreconcilable errors in the submission.

Meanwhile, Lagos State Government has rejected the report of the #EndSARS Panel that there was a massacre in Lekki Toll Gate during the 2020 #EndSARS protest.

To the government, the panel failed to establish arbitrary and indiscriminate killing of protesters at the toll gate.

According to the 36-page White Paper released on November 30, 2021, the panel’s findings “are clearly and manifestly not supported by the evidence before the JPI as attested to by the JPI itself, when it said there was no contrary evidence to that of Prof. Obafunwa that only one person died at Lekki Toll Gate of gunshot wounds on 21st October 2020”.

Rejecting the recommendation, it said: “The state government is, therefore, unable to accept the finding that nine (9) people died of gunshot wounds at LTG on 20th October 2020.”

Recall that PRNigeria has reported that testimony by Dr. Babajide Lawson, a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon at Reddington Hospital, Lagos on the Lekki Incident as quoted in the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry report has been found to be altered in a re-presentation by the panel.

It also reported how the panel provided contradicting submissions on forensic testimony by the Lagos State Chief Pathologist, Prof John Oladapo Obafunwa, in its report.

PRNigeria also revealed that video footage from the alleged Lekki Toll Gate incident along with witness submissions from Sentinel Forensics Ltd, a Forensic expert engaged by the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry did not prove allegations in support of alleged killings in the report.

Similarly, a United Kingdom-based medical forensics and ballistic expert Dieye Tonye Willie-Harry has berated both local and international media organizations for being unable to provide evidence to back up claims of massacre at the Lekki Toll Gate incidence.

Willie-Harry who is the Director of Oxygene Consulting UK Limited while testifying at the Justice Doris Okowubi (rtd) led Lagos State Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters had on page 268 of the Panel report confirmed that contrary to widespread media coverage, all forensic investigations of media contents undertaken by his company did not prove direct shooting of unarmed civilians by the Nigerian Army.

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20-year-old Nigerian man divorces girl 8 months after they wedded, shares video

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Barely eight months after they tied the knot, a Nigerian man has ended things with his 17-year-old wife

The Imo state indigene announced the end of his marriage on social media, saying that marrying his estranged wife was the worst mistake he had made

The young man said he had hoped that his wedding would be the happiest day of his life, but it turned out to be the opposite

A 20-year-old Nigerian man has announced the end of his marriage to his young wife, 17, after eight months.

The young couple’s wedding, which was held some months ago, sent social media into a frenzy owing to their ages.

The lad regrets his marriage Sharing a video from his traditional wedding on TikTok, the Mbaise native from Imo state lamented that it is better to be single than married to his estranged wife.

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“It is better to be single than to be with someone like her. So that is why I came out to let everyone know we are no longer together. Thanks for the advice,” he wrote on the clip.

He described his wedding day as the saddest day of his life.

“I thought my wedding day is going to be the happiest day of my life. It turned out to be the saddest day of my life.”

In another clip, he explained that he tried dialoguing with his ex-wife severally, but she wouldn’t listen.

“Marrying a 17-year-old girl is the worst mistake I ever made. I wish her best of luck,” he wrote on the clip. 

Watch the video below:

Social media reactions

Nancy Donatus said:

“You as the husband can help her not by divorcing your wife. This is a spiritual battle we are talking about here not a physical stuff.” 

roselyn rose said:

“D way u reach at 20 is sourprizing, it might be she hear so many things about u,and she is scared to tell she don’t need d marrage befor d wedding.” 

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user4838273210633 said:

“Nothing spiritual here shez just young and naive.OR maybe she was not for marriage she had other plans for herself or she never loved you.”

amaechiezinneprom said:

“Bros nothing spiritual here Abeg, 17 is still a teenager, which work do u do that u spend such at this age I pray that girl is still intact. the fact.”

rashidatahri47@gmail.com said:

“My dear when you divorce her is not our problems but don’t insult her she’s not good for you but she can be good for another man simple.”

Nigerian boy, 20, says his wife keeps denying him sexual intercourse

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a 20-year-old Nigerian boy cried out over his wife’s attitude three months after they married.

The 20-year-old, in a TikTok video, lamented that they have not had sexual intercourse since becoming a couple. He said that she keeps coming up with excuses each time he makes advances at her in that regard.

The lad, who is an only son, admitted his inability to cheat due to his love for her and asked netizens for advice on what to do. In a message sent exclusively to Legit.ng, the young man confirmed that he is indeed married to a 17-year-old and wasn’t chasing clout with his video.

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IGP files motion to set aside contempt proceedings, communal order

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Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba

The Inspector-General of Police(IGP), Usman Baba, has approached the Court to file a motion to set aside the contempt proceeding and committal order issued by the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, last Tuesday.
The motion is coming after the Federal High Court sentenced the IGP, to three months in prison for flouting a 2011 court order.
Alkali’s committal followed a suit filed by a police officer, Patrick Okoli, who was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigerian Police Force.
Force public relations officer Olumiyiwa Adejobi, who made this known, said in the motion filed before the Federal High Court in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), Thursday, the IGP extensively highlighted grounds why the orders should be set aside, noting that he had not been appointed into office as Inspector-General of Police when the case was instituted and the reinstatement order in question granted.
The IGP, also affirmed that the contempt proceedings were served via substituted means in November 2018 and January, 2019 respectively, on the then Inspector-General of Police, and not on him as the incumbent.

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Adejobi in the statement said “The IGP in his disposition further noted that even before his assumption of Office, official steps had been taken by his predecessors toward complying with the reinstatement of Patrick C. Okoli, the plaintiff, as ordered by the Court. As noted by him, this was evidenced by an official letter addressed to the Police Service Commission on the approval of the then Inspector General of Police, as far back as 2015, and before the court order of November 29th, 2022, requesting the Commission to issue a reinstatement letter to the plaintiff and also effect his promotion in line with the order of the Court and in the exercise of their statutory authority in that regard. Hence, the grounds for the contempt proceedings ought not to have existed, ab initio.
The IGP reassures Nigerians of his unalloyed commitment and steadfastness in defending the rule of law and respecting judicial authorities and hence, will not wittingly or unwittingly disobey any order validly granted by courts of competent jurisdiction”.

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Policemen Slap, ‘Strip’ Bus Driver in Lagos

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Policemen in scuffle with bus driver

The source, who asked not to be named, said she was working when the incident happened.

She said she peeked out of her window and saw policemen dragging a commercial bus driver out of his vehicle, tugging his clothes, and slapping him continuously before pinning him to the floor. She said his clothes came off during the scuffle, and he was stark naked.

Speaking to FIJ, the source said, “I was just working when I heard noise outside. When I looked out, I saw policemen dragging one bus driver and slapping him anyhow.

“They dragged his clothes off and were dragging him to their vehicle but he kept shouting that he had not done anything. Later, they pinned him to the ground and stepped on him.”

The source sent FIJ some pictures she had taken of the scene, but when FIJ called Benjamin Hundeyin, spokesman for the Lagos Police Command, he told FIJ the narrative was “impossible.”

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Hundeyin said, “No police officer will strip anyone naked, especially in broad daylight. Maybe in the night, but I can vow that it is impossible. You know how this bus drivers are. When you want to arrest them, they pull all sorts of gimmicks, go naked and start creating a scene.”

After he spoke with FIJ, our reporter sent him a video of a policeman holding the unnamed bus driver by his knicker and pinning him to a police van. An armed policeman is in front of them, and moments after, a third policeman walks up to them and deals slaps directly to the face of the unarmed civilian.

When FIJ asked Hundeyin if it was common practice for the police to slap civilians in a bid to restrain them, he described the question as ridiculous and patronising, and wanted to be asked instead what the force would do to errant officers who assault civilians.

However, when FIJ asked what actions the force would take, Hundeyin went silent.

As of press time, FIJ had not ascertained what division the officers were attached to, but Hundeyin told this reporter he had contacted their DPO and would follow up the matter.

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