Buhari Media Organization, BMO, has alleged that Amnesty International and its local collaborators are plotting to set up a parallel investigative panel to investigate alleged human rights violations and abuses suffered by protesters during the recent EndSARS protests with the intent of destabilizing the country and discrediting the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
The group also alleged that a substantial fund running into US$750,000 (N360,000 000) has been provided and paid into an account outside the country for this purpose, adding that the organizers are still expecting more funds for the hatchet job they have signed up for.
Addressing journalists Tuesday in Abuja, National Coordinator, BMO,  Niyi Akinsiju, alleged that these local collaborators, operating under the guise of Coalition for Survival of Covid-19 and led by a prominent human rights lawyer, are bent on discrediting the judicial panel investigating the alleged Lekki shootings and the defunct SARS’ alleged brutalities.
Akinsiju further alleged that the modus operandi of the perpetrators will include using people who will be identified as military men, with their faces masked, to present damaging ‘testimonies’ against the Army authorities.
 He said that the group also has it on good authority that the United States’ Cable News Network (CNN), which blatantly refused to appear before the Lagos panel on its so-called investigative report on the Lekki incident is bracing up to give full coverage to the gathering.
The BMO leader said the Covid-19 coalition is supposedly on a mission to enrich ongoing investigations into ‘age-long abuses suffered by Nigerians in the hand of members of the defunct Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS)’ in as many as 30 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where panels have been set up.
Akinsiju argued that the purveyor of the purported investigative panel should have used the open platform of the judicial panel in Lagos to prove their claim of the massacre at the Lekki toll gate on October 20 instead of colluding with Amnesty International which is still struggling to manufacture evidence of its allegations of a massacre that night by soldiers.
“Gentlemen, we have reasons to believe that this investigative panel which they intend to run parallel with the States’ Judicial Panel,  is nothing short of a charade paid for by Amnesty International and Transparency Initiative to smear the image of the Nigerian Army with contrived testimonies.

The group  urged security agencies to be alert “to the antics of these lackeys of foreign bodies who rather than use their coalition for the purpose of galvanizing Nigerians to survive the negative impacts of Covid-19 and ensure equity is served through the ongoing public sittings of the judicial panels across the country, are more interested in helping their paymasters sustain the lies that they have been unable to prove for weeks.”

 


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