Anthony Ehilebo, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Director of New Media, has called for the sack of Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, over the EndSARS panel report.
Ehilebo also called for the immediate removal of former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai’s immunity.
The Abuja-based lawyer made the call while reacting to the Lagos State EndSARS panel which indicted the Federal Government, the Nigerian Army, and the police.
Speaking exclusively with DAILY POST, the PDP Media Director explained that the EndSARS massacre was the second massacre Buratai allegedly presided over while in office.
Lamenting the circumstances surrounding the Lekki Toll gate shooting, Ehilebo said the then Inspector General of Police should also be recalled and probed.
According to Ehilebo: “Lai Mohammed should be sacked, and three things should happen. Buratai’s immunity should be revoked immediately; the National Assembly is joking. EndSARS is the second massacre he presided over. The IG of Police during the EndSARS protest should be recalled.”
Ehilebo also said the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu should be commended for establishing the EndSARS panel.
He, however, called on the governor to ensure the implementation of the panel’s recommendations.
Ehilebo said: “They were a very brave set of human beings, for whatever reason, I will forgive Sanwo-Olu if he implements the findings of that panel. I think rather than condemnation, Sanwo-Olu deserves commendation.
“Despite being in opposition, if you see what is done out of courage, you don’t need to politicize it. He was absolutely courageous.
“History will judge Sanwo-Olu very kindly for letting the truth come out. I and my friends are still arguing, why will he allow that kind of thing.”
He urged constituted authorities to probe who ordered the soldiers drafted to Lekki Toll Gate during the protest to shoot live ammunition at protesters.
The constitutional lawyer wondered why soldiers would shoot at Nigerians singing the national anthem while holding the country’s flag.
He said: “Who gave those instructions? The Army can’t fire live ammunition without an instruction from their Commander, and the Commander must have had instruction from above.
“When the incident happened, those of us that could speak out were monitored, our phones were monitored; at a time I could not make calls because they killed people.
“People are saying the outcry was because EndSARS happened in an urban environment that is why we are up in arms, but that is not the true story. It’s not because it happened in an urban environment, it’s because of the circumstances surrounding the incident.
“Do you know what it means to kill a citizen of your own country while they are singing the national anthem? The Army is paid and their bullets are bought by the taxes of citizens, and they opened fire on them.
“Nobody can give a soldier instruction to shoot citizens singing the Nigerian anthem while holding the country’s flag, when they are not enemies of the state.
“In the Nigerian Army there is a provision which is to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria, so when they go against their very principle of creation, then they have become mutinous. The circumstances surrounding that shooting is what bothers me, how can you shoot people singing the national anthem?”