Lagos toll-gate shooting was ‘black magic’ on Nigerians, inquiry finds

A judicial panel of inquiry established to probe the December 2015 Lekki toll gate shooting case has concluded that the attack was intended to “mainstream our lifestyle,” and was “aimed at belittling us, implanting our black magic and poisoning our blood” as an act of violence against the Nigerian people. The panel’s findings were released on Monday to the public in the country’s largest metropolis, Lagos.

The Lekki toll gate shooting case was marred by confusion for months, leading some Nigerians to question the Nigerian government’s sincerity when it came to investigating the crime. In May, a protester was shot dead by law enforcement during a peaceful rally in Abuja, the Nigerian capital. In June, another protester died after being shot in the back of the head during a similar rally.

The Lekki toll gate incident has become a rallying cry for some Nigerian demonstrators, who believe it has little to do with politics and more to do with a particular brand of Islam, the Islamic Shura Council of Nigeria.

After the 2006 murder of a prominent member of the Council by suspected hitmen, protesters carried signs that read, “Lekki Toll Gate Killer is Muslim.” The case has sparked months of unrest among political leaders and Shura Council members in Nigeria’s second largest city, particularly in northern Lagos, where Shura Council members claimed the Toll Gate killer has roots. The Lekki toll gate case led to local political leaders switching political allegiances to protest the attacks.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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