Actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has come under criticism on social media over her October 2020 tweet about #EndSARS protest.
The actress tweeted saying, “If people died during the Lekki Toll Assualt, 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 killed Why? By whom?”
The tweet sparked several reactions from Nigerians who criticised the veteran for her statement, she also apologised days after the blacklash.
The tweet, however, resurfaced on social media on Tuesday, November 2021 after the Lagos State judicial panel on restitution for victims of police brutality revealed that nine persons were killed at Lekki toll gate when soldiers stormed the area to disperse #EndSARS protesters.
Reacting, several Nigerians criticised Omotola again on Twitter, others championed boycotting her film Alter Ego which is currently trending on Netflix.
@d_queen_v tweeted, “Has Omotola issued an apology? Because asking for bodies or the families of people who died was actually quite insensitive.”
@BarcaPrincipal tweeted, “Sheybi Omotola Jolade said there was no killing at LTG last year during #EndSARS, If they had killed everyone in Nigeria , Who’ll be watching the “Alter Ego” that she’s bringing to Netflix??? She’ll be alright when after 1 month, na only 100 people watch am.”
@tachartcode tweeted, “Coming from a great Nigeria influencer a whole you Omotola sure am not surprise when d bad government made you their puppet sure u have to be in support of their activities without questioning their characters shame fah.”
“Good morning Omotola Jalade @Realomosexy, these are d names of victims of Lekki massacre during #EndSARS. I recall you’re one of those that said it’s all a lie, that nobody died. People lost their lives, people got injured and some got missing,” @Usmanashafe tweeted.
“Boycott Omotola’s new project Alter-ego. Her act was intentional. Her purpose was to discredit what we all knew was true,” @Nwariocha tweeted.
@yettieShuga tweeted, “People like Omotola Jolade were asking where are the bodies.. insinuating that Dj switch was insane abi what? We must not forget o.”
@kittyprince tweeted,” So the Lagos panel has finally reported that the Lekki incident was a massacre. Honestly what the Government did was a democide and God will definitely punish the Nigeria Army and those who gave them the order and anyone who doubted Dj switch …. Omotola is a disgrace.”
“I still remembered Omotola trying to use English to gaslight #EndSARS massacre that happened at Lekki and other parts of Nigeria. Well, what “IF” you asked for the slayed heroes singing the National Anthem? Always remember to call out their names,” @commonvaluez tweeted.