Osai Ojigho, AI country director in Nigeria, accused the federal government of attempting to cover up the shooting at the tollgate.

What happened at Lekki Tollgate has all the traits of the Nigerian authorities’ pattern of a cover-up whenever their defence and security forces commit unlawful killings.

“One week on, the Nigerian authorities still have many questions to answer: who ordered the use of lethal force on peaceful protesters? Why were CCTV cameras on the scene dismantled in advance? And who ordered electricity being turned off minutes before the military opened fire on protesters?

“The initial denials of the involvement of soldiers in the shooting (were) followed by the shameful denial of the loss of lives as a result of the military’s attack against the protests.

“Many people are still missing since the day of the incident, and credible evidence shows that the military prevented ambulances from reaching the severely injured in the aftermath,” she said.

AI called on the authorities to bring to justice those behind the shooting, and to protect those who are exercising their rights to freedom of assembly, adding that it is still investigating the shooting, and the reported removal of bodies of those killed by the military in an attempt to remove evidence.