Tue. Apr 16th, 2024

The Lagos State government has clarified the purported claim that it approved the sum of N61 million for the mass burial of victims of EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate.

In a statement on Sunday, July 23, by Olusegun Ogboye, the Permanent Secretary to the state’s Ministry of Health, the government said the casualties that were to be busy, none of them was from the Lekki attacked as being claimed by some section of the media.

The statement, which was shared by Jubril Gawat, an aide to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, on his Twitter page, indicated that victims of the protest that were to be buried were “not from the Lekki Toll Gate as being inferred in the mischievous publications.”

According to the statement, “the Lagos State Environmental Health Unit (SEHMU) picked up bodies in the aftermath of #EndSARS violence and community clashes at Fagba, Ketu, Ikorodu, Orile, Ajegunle, Abule-Egba, Ikeja, Ojota, Ekoro, Ogba, Isolo and Ajah areas of Lagos State.”
It added that no one had come forward to claim the bodies picked across the state since 2020 the incident happened.

Before now, there have been controversies on the record regarding the list of people that died during the protest, which led the governor to set up an inquest, chaired by Justice Doris Okuwobi.

Lagos and the federal government have consistently denied the claim that there was mass killing during the EndSARS protests when it happened in 2020.

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