The Judicial Panel of Inquiry constituted by the Lagos State Government for the restitution of victims of SARS, other related abuses and Lekki shootings on Friday visited the Lekki toll gate.
This is coming almost two weeks after unarmed #EndSARS protesters were shot at the toll booth located in the Lekki area of Lagos state by men of the Nigerian Army.
During the visitation, members of the panel were taken around the scene of the shootings by officials of the Lekki Concession Company, where they reportedly found bullet shells.
The Chairman of the nine-man panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi earlier in the day said during the panel sitting that the programme of the day for the panel was to visit the locus (scene of the Lekki shootings) and to have proceedings based on their findings from the visit.
The panel is expected to reconvene to hear other petitions after its return from the visit to the toll gate. They also paid an unscheduled visit to the Military Hospital in Ikoyi area to find out whether corpses of protesters killed were dumped at the hospital.
In clips shared by reporters on social media, the panel was initially denied access to the morgue of the military hospital but insisted on visiting the mortuary to aid their investigation in the matter.
Addressing journalists, a member of the panel, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN, said the panel has ‘confidential information’ that certain events took place in the hospital on October 20, 2020. According to SaharaReporters, morgue and some part of the hospital was empty as the military claimed the facility had been under renovation since October 2019.
Meanwhile, Lekki Concession Company also disclosed during the panel’s tour of the facilities that the footage of the gun attack at the toll plaza is intact, noting that most of their equipment was damaged by suspected hoodlums.
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Soldiers deny Judicial Panel of Inquiry and members of the press access to the Military Hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos. This is another stop on the Judicial Panel's tour of sites crucial to their investigation. pic.twitter.com/fzNQbayZ56
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