In just 12 hours, more than 110,000 Nigerians have signed a petition calling for the prosecution of the President, Mr. Muhammadu Buhari before the International Criminal Court at the Hague, for the killings at the Lekki toll gate, Lagos.
The petition, which is on Change.org, was started by one Kayode Ogunfeibo.
An introduction to the petition read, “Today in Lagos, Nigeria, the Nigerian Army started shooting peaceful protesters at Lekki Toll Gate.
“This is the latest in a long series of human rights abuses in Nigeria and as the Head of State of Nigeria President Mohammadu Buhari should be held directly responsible for this heinous crime against humanity.
“Under no circumstances should civilians be shot by soldiers in a civilized world and the perpetrators including the Army Chief of Staff, General Buratai, should be brought to justice.”
The petition is being widely shared by many Nigerians, including popular artiste, David Adeleke, aka Davido, who has been vocal since the incident. Davido was invited by the Nigerian police to help raise citizens that will influence stoppage of the protests against the police.
Several people were killed and many injured at the Lekki toll gate after soldiers opened fire on protesters.
The military, has, however denied complicity despite video evidence of their officers at the scene of the event.
Governor of Lagos State on Wednesday morning admitted that soldiers were at the Lekki Toll gate when the incidence happened but they shot in the air. Lagos Hospitals volunteered to treat many of the wounded persons free of charge and claim they have had to extract some bullets from wounded fellows but Patmos media Line cannot confirm how many people died in the Tuesday night imbroglio.
Questions have been going round as to who ordered the military officers to be at Lekki and who is the officer who gave the SHOOT command. They also want to know who gave the instruction that the CCTV cameras be removed after which lights were put off at the venue and the shooting started.