Omotola Under Fire Over Comment On ‘Lives Lost’ During Lekki Shooting
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, a Nollywood actress, has come under intense criticism on Twitter over a post wherein she appeared to have questioned the authenticity of “live lost” during the #EndSARS protest in Lekki area of Lagos.
On Tuesday night, men in army uniform had opened fire on unarmed protesters at Lekki toll gate, sparking outrage across Nigeria.
There has been a controversy over the deaths as most of the persons said to have been killed had debunked the reports.
Obianuju Udeh, a disc jockey better known as DJ Switch, had also insisted that at least 15 persons were shot dead on the night while several others sustained injuries of varying degrees.
Due to the inconsistency in the number of casualties, the 42-year-old movie star had taken to her Twitter page to call on Nigerians to stop the sensationalism if there were no deaths.
”If People died during the Lekki Toll Assault, let their people speak out please and if there were No deaths then enough with the sensationalization because it does not remove from the Crime that happened. PEACEFUL PROTESTERS WERE ATTACKED. WHY? BY WHOM! #EndImpunityinNigeria,” she wrote in a now-deleted tweet on Friday.
“Everyone who was involved in turning the protest into a violent rollercoaster should now be brought to book, if not then everything else is a lie! calling on journalists, investigators, NGOs, please we have work to do. No lies, no fear.”
The first tweet appeared to have angered some Nigerians on Twitter who expressed their disappointment at the mother of four for being “insensitive” with her comment.
In a follow-up tweet, Omotola apologised while stating that her words were taken out of context.
”I hope you know I don’t doubt people died! I hope you understand that we need to collate these now and not continue with the I’m disappointed I’m leaving talks. Get Angry again. We Can’t stop,” she said.
Her apology was, however, not enough to calm frayed nerves as a number of users kept attacking the actress on Twitter.
“Sad Omotola had to tweet this. Like she’s also among those that didn’t believe people lost their loved ones in Lekki massacre? This is a huge shame,” a user wrote.