Lagos toll-gate attack: Judicial panel condemns killing

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police in Ogun State confirmed 16 dead and 74 injured in Thursday’s attack

A judicial panel has condemned an attack on a toll-gate facility in Lagos, where gunmen killed 16 people.

Three buses were burnt to the ground at the Golden Gate toll-gates in the Lekki area of the megacity, in a “massacre”.

The panel, which was set up in April, said the killing was “equally as unfortunate and grave as the massacre committed by a group of herdsmen in Benue State in March.”

Some 200 people were killed in that incident.

Security agencies have not yet arrested any suspects over the killings at Lekki.

The incident took place on Wednesday afternoon, one day after a similar attack in Abeokuta, Ogun State, in which 14 people were killed.

The top judicial panel said in a statement on Thursday that there was “a resurgence of killings in the country”.

“As a panel we find it difficult to ascertain whether the recent spate of killings have been politically motivated as some believe, or from a combination of factors that could be driven by simple ignorance, negligence, lack of knowledge and a state of mind, in certain instances.”

It said it would make a judgement about the recent killings at the hearing of the panel on Thursday.

“The panel’s purpose is to review the findings of its internal inquiries relating to various deaths, both natural and unnatural and to make observations about the state of affairs in Nigeria to guide appropriate action.”

Efforts to contact the government for comment on the judicial panel’s report were unsuccessful.

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