Lagos toll gate shootings ‘massacre’, say Nigerian judges

Image copyright Naomi Wabara Image caption Plaques were unveiled during the ceremony naming the mass grave of the dead A panel set up to investigate a shooting that killed at least 41 people at…

Lagos toll gate shootings 'massacre', say Nigerian judges

Image copyright Naomi Wabara Image caption Plaques were unveiled during the ceremony naming the mass grave of the dead

A panel set up to investigate a shooting that killed at least 41 people at a toll gate in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos has condemned the attack as a “massacre”.

The preliminary report was written by judges in a judicial commission which was set up by a state governor.

The judicial panel blamed many factors for the tragedy, including some social leaders who were “parading themselves as ‘jesters'”.

The heavily-armed attackers fired from vehicles at the toll gate near Lagos’ international airport.

The attack happened between 9:30 and 10:30 local time on 27 September.

High tension was felt by Nigerians in the affected area, said Agbara sources, after the shooting

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was angry over the shooting and a day later appointed the judicial panel to investigate.

The commission said it should have been impossible for the 41 people to die at that toll, despite the fact that members of some armed groups – including Boko Haram militants – have killed more than 2,000 in Lagos over the past several years.

Other human rights groups have earlier called for an independent investigation into the incident.

“On behalf of the commission, it is painful that so many people were not spared in the massacre,” the panel’s report said.

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