Nigeria’s government blamed for road construction toll gate killings

The West African nation of Nigeria issued a scathing condemnation of the recent killing of nine people at a toll gate in a new bridge project in the Lekki peninsula. The probe by the National Judicial Council (NJC) and two government panels into the incident found “strong suspicion that the security agencies in Nigeria may have been behind the killings.” The Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, ordered a permanent closure of the tunnel on the Lekki Expressway where the accident took place. The trail of crime is being linked to the looting of a bridge from the Nigerian government. At the Lekki-Epe Expressway, the NJC also cited a civil society organization with deep connections to the Ministry of Works, according to the Financial Times. The Nigerian authorities have met with both the Federal Ministry of Works and Federal Ministry of Environment in the investigation, which also found that the luxury car seized by police after the incident was a Chanchangi model, used to trick officials into thinking the vehicle had not caused any damage to the bridge. The toll fee for the bridge, which the Lagos State government had dubbed the “Lekki blue,” is $3.30.

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