Traditional ruler faults amnesty’s claim on alleged Lekki shooting

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Oba Adekunle Oyelude, the Olowu of Kuta in Osun, has faulted claims by the Amnesty International that it tracked troops of the Nigerian Army to Lekki Toll Gate, where they allegedly shot unarmed #EndSARS protesters on Oct. 20, 2020.

Oyelude said this in a statement on Friday, in Ibadan, calling for a probe into the claim.

“Although Amnesty International has the right to operate legally in the country as an international Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), the claim that it tracked troops of a sovereign nation and announcing same, amounted to an attack on national security,” he said.

He said he was worried as a Nigerian that a foreign NGO could admit spying on the Nigeria Army with an air of impunity.

The traditional ruler called on relevant authorities to probe the claim, and possibly extradite the organisation from Nigeria.

“I can’t imagine a foreign NGO operating in the United States to be so bold and claim that it tracked troops’ movement from the pentagon to a particular location and still remain in the country,” he said.

Oyelude went further to appeal for peace and calmness across the country, while encouraging Nigerian youths to make their legitimate claims and ventilate their grievances peacefully in future.

He also appealed to the federal and state governments to implement programmes and policies designed to empower millions of unemployed youths in the country.

He expressed compassion to those who lost loved ones and property in the crises, praying that God would wipe off their tears.