Lekki toll gate killing can be described as a massacre says Lagos ENDSARS panel
The awful maiming and death of unarmed, defenseless, and unresisting demonstrators while sitting on the floor, waving their Nigerian flags and singing the National Anthem can be likened to a massacre in context,” according to the Lagos State End Sars Panel.
The panel in its report titled “Report of Lekki Incident Investigation Of 20th October 2020 which was made available to nationalpostng.com, nine demonstrators were verified dead, while four others were feared dead.
A total of 48 people were either shot, beaten by soldiers or killed at the Lekki toll gate during the #ENDSARS protest in Lagos. Approximately 20 of the 48 were injured by gunshots, while 13 others were beaten by the military.
According to the report “It was stated and substantiated that the troops parked their vans at the Lekki tollgate and retrieved as many bodies and corpses of the fallen demonstrators as they could.”
“The testimony of Dr Babajide Lawson of Reddington Hospital as to the nature of treatment offered victims of the Lekki Tollgate Incident in relation to gunshot wounds, which were high velocity ‘entry and exit,’ all indicate injuries from military weapons, consistent with the bullet shells recovered by the panel during its visit and the witnesses who testified before the panel,” the panel said in its findings.
- “The panel finds support of the case of gunshot wounds in the testimony of Dr Aromolate Ayobami of the Grandville Trauma Centre, where multiple victims with gunshot wounds were completely treated and discharged,” the panel continued.
Prof John Obafunwa, a forensic pathologist at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, provided the panel with 96 other corpses.
The protestors were allegedly slain by police and soldiers, according to the 309-page report.
General Taiwo when shown video clip 202010.wa0313 from the Hq81D file, in which protesters said that the Army had fired and murdered them. Though he agreed to witnessing someone lying on the ground with blood on their clothes, he claimed the video was a hoax.
“According to Prof John Obafunwa, a forensic pathologist at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, three bodies were deposited at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba Hospital, all from the Lekki Tollgate, and autopsies proved death from bleeding caused by penetrating items or rifled weapons.”
“The panel finds that the fact that some of the other 96 corpses on Prof Obafunwa’s list are unidentified does not negate the possibility that some of them may have come from the Lekki Tollgate incident on October 20, 2020, or that some other unidentified corpses may have been removed by their families or the military, as claimed by the #EndSARS protesters, far and beyond Prof Obafunwa’s list.”
The use of live bullets by the Army against genuine protestors resulted in serious injuries and the deaths of the protesters, according to the report.
“All officers and men of the Nigerian Army who were deployed in the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020 should be subjected to appropriate disciplinary action, stripped of their status, and dismissed as they are unfit and proper to serve in any public or security service of the country,” says the statement.
It stated that the Maroko Police Station’s Divisional Police Officer, as well as police officers deployed from the Maroko Police Station on October 20 and 21, 2020, should be prosecuted for indiscriminately firing and killing protestors.
It was suggested that the Lekki Toll Plaza be renamed the #EndSARS Tollgate as a tribute to the protest.
It was suggested that, as long as the tollgate existed, October 20 be designated as a “toll free day” at the plaza.
On Monday, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said he would form a four-member committee to draft a white paper on the panel’s recommendations after receiving it.