Nollywood veteran actress, Omotola Jolade Ekeinde has come out to apologise for her earlier stance about the possibility of no death recorded in the aftermath of the Lekki shooting.
Omotola made the retraction in a tweet after heavy criticism from many internet users on her initial statement.
She tweeted: “I’m deleting that tweet so it is not used wrongly. Apologies as it’s been misunderstood. Sorry about the use of “of”. Please don’t distrusteveryone there are steadfast people. Know them. We move. #endimpunityinNigeria #endpolicebrutality #endbadgovernanceinNigeria
The actress had claimed in a now deleted tweet that nobody died during the Lekki shooting on Tuesday, 20 October, 2020.
On that day, hundreds of protesters had gathered at the Lekki Toll Gate, which was obviously the ground zero of the #ENDSARS protest. Young Nigerians had been there for days in demonstration against police brutality.
By evening, a troop of military personnel reportedly opened fire on the protesters who were merely singing the nation’s anthem. The action allegedly led to many casualties and video evidence and those of people on the ground revealed there were some number of deaths.
The number of dead victims and the fact that there were any fatalities at all had become a controversial topic ever since the incident on Tuesday. The governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu also claimed there were no deaths recorded at the scene of the attack. He made this claim after visiting some of the victims at several hospitals where they were admitted.
Omotola seems to have taken side with the governor’s position, asking families of victims to come out with evidence that they lost anyone in the incident at Lekki.