Nigerian actor turned politician Desmond Elliot has reacted to the Lagos judicial panel’s report confirming the killing of peaceful protesters at Lekki toll gate during the EndSARS protest in October 2020.
The actor had been on the black book of many Nigerians after he tagged the protesters and Nigerian youths as “children” in the heat of the protests and the October 2020 incident. A reason for the tag “daddy” or “our daddy”.
In its report submitted to the government on Monday, November 15, the panel indicted the Nigerian Army and police and described the incident as a massacre.
The report also disclosed that at least 48 protesters were shot dead, injured with bullet wounds, or assaulted by soldiers at the Lekki toll gate.
Desmond Elliot, who was a guest on TVC on Tuesday morning, November 16, speaking on the panel’s findings, said it’s heart-wrenching, and before now, he knew that a calamity happened on the said day.
“I read it, and it was very heartbreaking and heart-wrenching. I knew there was a calamity, chaos. Except you are not Nigerian, or you are not human. You would feel for everybody. I have always said something. When MKO died and the government of the day denied and denied, it took this government to come and say, you know what, we have wronged you. This is the truth, and they actually gave democracy day.
“We have always said the truth comes out. There is no how you would try to hide it; the truth would come out.
“But I now looked at it from another angle. Is it possible that this government didn’t know what was going to come out? Of course, they did, but today’s government, I am talking of the state government, I want to believe knew what was going to come out.
“There is going to be an official statement, so let me not jump the gun because I am also in the office. But the fact that it even came out and even saw the light of day….” He said.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.