Zadock Toll gate ‘shootings’ video reveals shocking police brutality

Forcing the impoverished to pay a toll makes little economic sense A judicial commission of inquiry into the incident says that the police killed and imprisoned several of the victims of the Lekki toll…

Zadock Toll gate 'shootings' video reveals shocking police brutality

Forcing the impoverished to pay a toll makes little economic sense

A judicial commission of inquiry into the incident says that the police killed and imprisoned several of the victims of the Lekki toll gate shooting in 2016.

It says the police got away with murder and was found guilty in the Kebbi State High Court of the issue.

A video of the incident was widely circulated on social media.

The police could not be reached for comment as the BBC has decided to respect the decision not to comment on its own editorial decision.

The commission’s findings will now be made public after a six-month review.

Last June, a video shot inside the toll gate of Lagos’s Lekki Peninsula that showed dozens of men were killed and stripped naked by the police on the day after Eid al-Adha.

The video sparked an outcry from rights groups and led to the setting up of the judicial commission of inquiry.

The traffic situation during the Eid celebration caused a traffic jam at the toll gate. As people attempted to pass through, the soldiers and police fired on them, killing dozens.

The commission, chaired by Katsina State Chief Judge, Justice Agbadu Bako, says in its report that a policeman shot at the bikers, who fled, leaving behind their motorcycles.

As a result, their motorcycles were impounded by the police.

The police then coerced their accomplices into paying a fake fine of N50,000 (US$130) to get their bikes back.

At a lower court, the bikers were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment.

The commission found that the surviving accused, who paid the N50,000 fine, were also prosecuted for being part of the crime.

“The policemen involved in the killings should be punished as though they committed murder by securing convictions on all six counts of this panel of inquiry,” said the report.

It also says that victims’ families of the shooting should receive compensation.

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