The Mothers United and Mobilized(M.U.M) has petitioned the National Human Rights Commission, the Senate and other relevant bodies to insist on accountability and redress regarding the Lekki Shooting incident.
The Convener of M.U.M, Dr Boluwaji Onabolu while briefing Journalist in Abuja, said there is need for the Chief of Defense staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, to follow established international military protocol to investigate and punish erring soldiers and their commanding officers.
“We know that states do not have constitutional power regarding military personnel and policemen disclosing evidences obtained during findings by panels. In the past in Nigeria, we usually have various panels that have been set up, and they are usually not effective”.
The group also highlighted that the findings must be made public and implemented transparently.
“All we are demanding for is to ensure objectivity of the panel. At the same time we are calling for an end to unjust killings among our youth in Nigeria.
We are saying that nobody should turn guns on our children again”.
Dr Onabolu also emphasized on the need for more visible concrete steps to end continuous perpetuation of human rights violations that led to the EndSARS shooting.
” We are calling for redress for the numerous victims, which include the EndSARS protesters, policemen and other bystanders. We want the findings of the panels of the presidential and state panels of enquiry to be released and implemented with substantial involvement of civil society organisations at all stages”.
A member of MUM, Engineer Fatima Koro urged the government to create an enabling environment where the youth can express their views without being victimized.
“We believe that no lives should be lost in the process of changing the economy.
The youth should not be silenced, they need to have a voice. We serve as a mediator between the youth and the government”.
She noted that MUM gave a cash donation of N100,000 to a young widow, Omobolanle Bakare, who lost her hubby during the protest.
” Her husband was killed in Surulere, Lagos State, by a stray bullet, allegedly fired by a policeman. He was not part of the protesters, but was shot mistakenly. A young promising man just died in that manner”.