Tue. Apr 16th, 2024

Babatunde Odubanwo

The Lagos Panel of Inquiry set up late last year to critically look into the allegations levelled against the brutalization of innocent citizens, and extra judicial killings by the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS), an arm of the Nigerian Police have presented a report to the Lagos State Government.

Corroborating this report is the substantial evidences gathered from eyewitnesses and survivors of the military intrusion on the night of October 20, 2020 leading to gunshot wounds been sustained by harmless protesters and death of some.

The report partly reads: “At the Lekki Toll Gate, officers of the Nigerian Army shot, injured and killed unarmed helpless and defenseless protesters, without provocation or justification, while they were waving the Nigerian Flag and singing the National Anthem and the manner of assault and killing could in context be described as a massacre.”

“The Panel also found that the conduct of the Nigerian Army was exacerbated by its refusal to allow ambulances render medical assistance to victims who required such assistance. The Army was also found not to have adhered to its own Rules of Engagement.

“The Panel found that the Nigerian Police Force deployed its officers to the Lekki Toll Gate on the night of the 20th October, 2020 and between that night and the morning of the 21st of October, 2020, its officers shot at, assaulted and battered unarmed protesters, which led to injuries and deaths.”

The report further read: “It was alleged and corroborated that the soldiers had their vans parked at the Lekki Toll Gate and removed as many bodies and corpses of the fallen.”

“One of the protesters who was shot and taken for dead, Olalekan Sanusi, who eventually escaped to narrate his ordeal and experience stated that 11 corpses were in the van where he was placed in and presumed dead.

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