By Ayodele Oluwafemi
Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has come under attack on the social media over a comment expressing scepticism about the number of deaths during the Lekki tollgate shooting, on Tuesday.
The actress, via a tweet, on her verified Twitter handle asked families of those who died during the Lekki tollgate shooting, to come out and speak about it.
In the now-deleted tweet, Jalade-Ekeinde urged people to stop sensationalism about the casualties of the Lekki shooting, if there were no casualties.
The actress said, “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!”
Many Twitter users have expressed annoyance about the tweet, noting that she lacks empathy of those who lost their lives during the shooting.
Some accused her of collecting money from the government to publicize the narrative that nobody was killed during the Lekki tollgate shooting.
Amidst the backlash, the actress apologized for the tweet, but that did not stop the backlash.
She tweeted, “I’m deleting that tweet so it’s not used wrongly. Apologies as it’s been misunderstood. Sorry about the use of ” if” . Please don’t distrust Everyone there are steadfast people . Know them. We move#endimpunityinNigeria#Endpolicebrutality #EndBadGoveranceInNigeria.”