Lagos Panel Shown Live Bullet Extracted From Victim Of Extra-Judicial Killing

Petitioners counsel, Adebola Lemo holds the bullet after the Chief Medical Examiner tendered it before the Lagos Judicial Panel on May 11, 2021.

 

 

The acting Chief Medical Examiner of Lagos State, Dr.  Sunday Soyemi today testified before the judicial panel on restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses.

He showed the panel a bullet he extracted from a victim of an extrajudicial killing, Charles Otoo.

At a previous proceeding, the panel had summoned the doctor to shed more light on the cause of death of the late Charles Otoo.

In a petition put before the panel by his widow, Victoria, the late Charles was said to have been shot on Oct 21, 2020, at about 6 pm by men of the Nigerian Police Force, Divisional Headquarters, Ojodu.

According to the widow, a policewoman simply identified as Chinyere allegedly shot the gun which hit the late Charles Otoo by the side of his head. He reportedly lost a lot of blood and eventually died at about 8 pm at the hospital where he was rushed.

At the proceedings today, Dr Soyemi, a lecturer in the college of medicine, Lasuth and a pathologist of 17 years, testified that “the cause of death was a severe injury to the brain following a gunshot to the skull”.

The pathologist who also signed the post mortem report of the deceased showed the panel the bullet he extracted from the late Charles Otto in the course of examining him.

He said the bullet would still need to undergo ballistic examination before the coroner’s court.

After sighting the bullet, the panel admitted photographs of it in evidence and returned the bullet back to the doctor to enable it to undergo the necessary examinations and analysis.

The panel also admitted the post mortem report as evidence.

The panel then listened to a police witness who testified that contrary to the evidence of Mrs Victoria Otoo, the police had nothing to do with the death of the late Charles.

The police witness, Lukeman Sowemimo, who claimed he was the station officer at the Ojodu police station at the time denied that his station had any female officer named Chinyere.

He narrated how some #EndSARS protesters allegedly set part of the police station ablaze on the 22nd of Oct., 2020 but insisted that the officers stayed back in the station to protect it and themselves and did not go out for any patrol.

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When shown the bullet brought by the pathologist, and asked if he could identify it, the witness said from his experience, the bullet came from a pistol.”

“The difference between a pistol and a rifle is that pistol can only kill at a close range while a rifle can kill from any distance. I am not a ballistician, but with my experience as a mobile man, if I see pistol ammunition, I can differentiate it from an AK 47 ammunition,” he said.

Under cross-examination by counsel to the petitioner, Mr Adebola Lema, the witness admitted that police officers sometimes carry pistols.

On the question of the maximum range of an AK 47 when shot? The witness put the range at 40metres and said that even at that range it can still do maximum damage if it hits someone.

On further cross-examination by counsel to the Lagos State Government, Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), the counsel asked the witness; “We had a General (from the Nigerian Army) testify before the panel that the AK 47 could cause damage even up to 350m? Do you agree?

The witness answered in the affirmative.

The Petitioner’s counsel, Adebola Lema has adopted his final written address and asked the panel to take note of the inconsistency in the answer given by the witness as to the maximum range of the Ak 47.

 

 

 

 

Lagos Panel Awards ₦13.5m Compensation To Three Victims Of Police Brutality

Justice Doris Okuwobi and other members of the Lagos Judicial panel during a sitting on April 30, 2021.

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel on restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses has awarded the sum of ₦13.5m to 3 victims of police brutality.

A 34-year-old trader, Ndukwe Ekekwe was awarded the sum of ₦7.5m for the harrowing ordeal meted on him by officers of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Ekekwe, who had shops at Alaba International Market where he sold accessories and other general items, had told the panel that he was arrested on February 16, 2018, for crimes he did not commit.

He also told the panel that he “was tortured, brutalised and thrown down the two-storey building of the shopping complex which housed his shops.

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In reaching its decision on his petition, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi held that there was a clear violation of his fundamental rights as guaranteed under Section 34 of the constitution.

The panel also recommended that the police investigate and fish out its officers who brutalised Ekekwe with a view to sanctioning them accordingly.

In his immediate reaction, Ekekwe expressed displeasure with the amount awarded by the panel. He and his mother who had been taking care of him since the incident happened lamented that they had spent over N30m at the hospitals and wondered what they would do with the “mere ₦7.5m awarded by the panel”.

Two other petitioners, Andrew Okoh and Isaac Adeshina who suffered grievous body harm after they were shot in the leg by a police officer were compensated with the sum of ₦3m each.

#EndSARS: Ogun Panel Treats 58 Petitions, To Submit Report

A file photo of youths gathered at one of the venues of the #EndSARS to condemn police brutality in the country in October 2020. (Photo by Benson Ibeabuchi / AFP)

 

The Ogun State Judicial Panel of Investigation on Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations, and Extra-Judicial Killings has concluded its sitting six months after it held its inaugural session.

A total of 58 petitions out of the over 100 complaints received were treated in the course of the panel’s sittings at the Magistrate Court 1 in the Isabo area of Abeokuta, the state capital.

The Chairman of the panel, Justice Solomon Olugbemi, announced the completion of the committee’s sitting while briefing reporters in Abeokuta at the end of the six-month period.

“The panel received a total of 106 petitions, out of which 58 were treated and the remaining 48 were either withdrawn, rejected, or abandoned wholly or halfway by the petitioners,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by the media officer of the panel, Femi Osipitan.

Justice Olugbemi explained that some of the petitions were rejected because they were not in line with the terms of reference that the panel was given by the state government.

He, however, assured all petitioners and respondents of justice without fear or favour, saying the panel’s report was ready for submission to the state government.

The chairman of the panel stated that after submission, it would be left for the government to implement the report or not.

“Although the panel encountered some logistics challenges, it was able to surmount them,” he said of some of the hurdles faced by the panel.

The state governor, Dapo Abiodun, inaugurated the members of the panel on October 19, 2020, and gave them six months to receive and investigate petitions from members of the public whose human rights have been violated and abused by security personnel within the state.

He also asked the panel to make appropriate recommendations to the state government.

#EndSARS: Witness Plays Video That Claims Army Shot Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

 

The Lagos State judicial panel on restitution for victims of SARS related abuses resumed sitting on Saturday with the continuation of the testimony of an EndSARs co-ordinator, Serah Ibrahim.

Serah came along with several videos, some of which she said she shot personally with her iPhone.

One after the other, she played the videos which according to her demonstrates that soldiers shot at peaceful protesters on the night of October 20.

As she played the videos, she explained to the panel that soldiers shot at the harmless protesters and even took away some of the dead bodies.

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She specifically mentioned that one of the active protesters, Lekan Sanusi was thought to be dead and the soldiers took away his body.

She later found out that he was taken to MRS Hospital at Bonny camp where an unidentified nurse helped him to escape.

Serah also played videos of some persons who suffered gunshot wounds from bullets allegedly shot by the military with protesters surrounding them and trying to tend to their wounds.

When asked if she could authenticate the videos as to the time they were taken and the location, she mentioned that anyone could do this using Google Drive and she proceeded to demonstrate how it could be done.

The videos of two mothers who claimed to have lost their children at the protest ground were also played.

The videos were contained in the flash drive Serah Ibrahim tendered at the last sitting of the panel.

Serah is expected to continue her testimony on May 15.

Lekki Toll Gate Shooting

Serah’s testimony is the latest development in the controversy that has trailed the events at the Lekki toll gate on the night of October 20.

The army has repeatedly denied that it fatally shot at protesters and the Federal Government has said reports of a massacre at the toll gate was fake news.

“The purveyors of fake news and disinformation succeeded in deceiving the entire world that there was mass killing in Lekki, even when till date, not a single body has been produced and not a single family or relative has come out to say their child or ward was killed at Lekki toll gate,” Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said at a press briefing in November.

But witnesses, including Nigerian songwriter and musician, Obianuju Udeh, better known as DJ Switch, have insisted that the army took away bodies at the protest ground.

Amnesty International reported that 10 persons died during the event, a figure disputed by the Nigerian government.

The US government, in a human rights report released in March, said “accurate information on fatalities resulting from the shooting was not available” as at the end of 2020.

The EndSARS protests were one of the largest street demonstrations since Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999.

The protests, mostly championed by young people, started as a campaign against police brutality but quickly metamorphosed into a rallying cry against bad governance.

#EndSARS: Mother Of Six Asks Panel To Help Locate Missing Husband

FILE: Members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution at a sitting on March 30, 2021

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution of Victims for SARS and other related matters resumed its sitting on Saturday.

During the sitting, a trader, Mrs Gift Effiong, told the panel that she has been looking for her husband since he left home during the #EndSARS protests last year.

The witness detailed how she went from one police station to another searching for her husband, a search which also took her to prisons, hospitals and later mortuaries with no success.

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The mother of six pleaded with the panel to help her find her husband.

She is also seeking help with the education of her children all of whom she said have now dropped out of school.

In yet another case, family members, relatives friends and neighbours are still looking for the missing body of Mr Paul Lucky, a driver and security officer at Jakande Estate, in the Ilasan/Ajah area.

On October 20, Mr Lucky reportedly had an altercation with a police officer, Sgt John Dagbo of the Ilasan police station, who allegedly shot him and took his body away.

A witness, Mr Olanrewaju Kazeem, the Community Development Association Chairman of Jakande Estate, Ilasan testified to the panel.

Till date the family is yet to recover the body and the panel has granted the petitioner’s request to summon the DPO of Ilasan police station, Mrs Onyinye Onwuamaegbu to help with its findings.

In the final petition for the day, a school teacher, Egwu Celestina Ebele, told the panel about the phone call she received in December 2008 informing her that her husband was shot by a police officer on his way to work, hours after he dropped her off.

The panel adjourned all of the cases to next month.

Lekki Shooting: #EndSars Coordinator Submits Flash Drives As Evidence To Lagos Panel

 

One of the coordinators of the #EndSARS protest, Serah Ibrahim, says she witnessed how soldiers and later policemen shot innocent protesters at the Lekki toll gate.

She made the statement on Saturday in her testimony at the resumed sitting of the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of SARS and other related matters.

At a previous sitting, the witness told the panel that she was at the protest ground in Lekki every day, coordinating some of the activities and she was an eyewitness to the shooting on the night of October 20, 2020.

The panel is racing against time after it got a three-month extension to complete the hearing and give decisions in the 235 petitions it received from the public.

To make up for some of the time lost to the Easter holidays, the panel listed 17 cases for hearing on Saturday as opposed to about 10 to 12 it usually hears at a sitting.

Channels Television gathered that of the 235 petitions received by the panel, there were 14 cases related to the Lekki shooting.

 

Live Bullet Shot?

Led in evidence by her counsel and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Yinka Olumide-Fusika, Serah, who described herself as a freelance auditor continued her testimony of the events of the night on Saturday.

She tendered in evidence two flash drives containing photos and videos that suggested that the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) had more visuals in its custody capable of revealing what exactly transpired on the night of the incident.

The witness presented two flash drives containing photos and videos that suggested that the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) had more visuals in its custody.

 

The evidence, according to her, suggested that the LCC had more cameras on the ground on the night of the incident to show what really happened during the Lekki shooting.

The witness told the panel that over five different cameras were on the ground, but most of them have now been removed.

She went on to give a very lengthy narration of how soldiers shot at protesters, as well as the activities of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and some operatives of the Maroko Police Station who she claimed also shot at protesters.

“This was the live one (bullet) that was cocked in front of me; I picked it myself,” Serah said.

The witness holds a live bullet as evidence while giving her testimony before the panel.

 

She also alleged that a hospital refused to release information about some of the protesters receiving treatment after the shooting at the Lekki toll gate.

After giving her testimony, the panel admitted in evidence some bullets which the witness said she picked from the floor during the shooting.

It also granted the request of Serah’s lawyer to summon the Director of Hospital Administration and HR of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Mr K. F. Gbajumo, who allegedly issued a memo prohibiting his staff from giving out information on the victims.

On the next adjourned date, the witness is expected to play more of the videos she gathered on the night of the incident to further prove her narration of the events of the shooting at the protest venue.

#EndSARS: Lagos Judicial Panel Summons Three Police Officers, Strikes Out One Petition

FILE: Members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution at a sitting on March 30, 2021

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel on the Restitution for Victims of SARS-related abuses and other matters has summoned the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Command, the DPO, Olosan Police Station and one of his officers simply identified as Oosa.

The panel summoned the three officers in connection with two different petitions.

The Commissioner of Police of the Airport was summoned in connection with a case filed by a petitioner, Chukwuma Henry who alleged that he was shot in the abdomen by a police officer he identified as Sergeant Emmanuel Agambi.

The incident allegedly occurred in Jan. 2013 around the public car park at the airport.

The police counsel, Cyril Ejiofor asked the panel to summon the police commissioner to enable him produce the member of his staff, Agambi who allegedly fired the shot. He is to appear before the panel at the next adjourned date, April 23rd.

The petitioner on his part is demanding compensation for the injuries he claimed he suffered as a result of the shooting. He says he requires a colostomy operation which will cost over N2m.

In another case, the panel summoned the DPO of Olosan police station and one of his officers who is said to go by the alias ‘Oosa’. Both men are to appear before the panel on May 4 to relate what they know about the petition filed by the family of late Adeshina Adeosun against the Nigerian Police.

Adeosun was allegedly shot by officers of the Nigerian Police Force, Olosan Division on October 20, 2020.

The family wants the panel to help them get his body from the police. They also asked the panel to compensate them for the loss.

In the only decision delivered at the sitting, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi struck out a petition involving Mrs Taiwo Idehen and her two sons against the Nigeria Police Force.

The 60-year-old petitioner had alleged that the police acting on the instigation of a family member arrested her sons after claiming that they conspired to kill their father, a former police officer, Jospeh Idehen.

She said she was lured to the police station following the arrest of her sons and after she got there, she was stripped naked and assaulted. She asked the panel to help her secure justice and compensation for the alleged police brutality.

Her sons also requested for justice and compensation for their alleged illegal arrest detention and prosecution. The panel had subsequently consolidated all three petitions.

In its decision on the consolidated petitions today, the panel held that the subject matter of the petitions before it is the same with one pending before the courts. Justice Okuwobi struck out the petitions on the grounds that the matter is pending before a court of competent jurisdiction, is subjudice and amounts to an abuse of court of process.

#EndSARS Protests: Accurate Information On Fatalities Not Available, Says US

A file photo of #EndSARS protesters.

 

The United States Government has said that information on the number of fatalities recorded during the #ENDSARS protests in Lekki Tollgate last year, is not available. 

According to the US Department of State’s 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, “Accurate information on fatalities resulting from the shooting was not available at year’s end”.

The communique noted that on October 20, 2020, members of the security forces enforced curfew by firing shots into the air to disperse protesters, who had gathered at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos to protest abusive practices by the Nigerian Police Force’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Amnesty International had reported that 10 persons died during the event, but the government disputed Amnesty’s report, and no other organization was able to verify the claim.

The government reported two deaths connected to the event.

In its statement, the US government said one body from the toll gate showed signs of blunt force trauma while a second body from another location in Lagos State had bullet wounds.  The government acknowledged that soldiers armed with live ammunition were present at the Lekki Toll Gate,

At year’s end, the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution continued to hear testimony and investigate the shooting at Lekki Toll Gate.

Below is the full statement by the US Govt regarding the tragic event which took place on October 20, 2020.

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#EndSARS Aftermath: Four Petitioners Get N16.25m Cheques At Lagos Panel

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of SARS and other related matters has handed out cheques to four deserving petitioners.

At the resumed sitting on Saturday, the panel gave decisions in six petitions and found that the four of them were able to prove their cases successfully.

The petitioners, comprising three women and a man, received a total of N16.25 million in total.

A breakdown of the amount shows that the three women received cheques of N10 million, N5 million, and N750,000 respectively, while the man got a cheque of N500,000.

They took turns to receive the cheques from the Chairman of the Panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi.

The Chairman of the Panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi, presents a cheque to one of the deserving petitioners on March 27, 2021.

Following the presentation of the cheques to the petitioners, the panel moved on to the cross-examination of a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Babatunde Lawson, from Reddington Hospital.

However, the cross-examination of the medical practitioner was stalled because the counsel to the Lagos State government who was meant to take him through the process was absent.

Thereafter, the panel listened to the testimony of another petitioner, Samuel Ashola, who was at the venue of the Lekki tollgate protest in October 2020.

Petitions breakdown

The first petitioner on Saturday, Felicia Opara, was a young woman who was captured in a viral video on Oct 12, 2020, following an alleged assault by some police officers in the Ojuelegba area of Lagos.

Among other things, the panel found that the culture of impunity and violence is rampant among some police officers in Nigeria.

The panel also found that there is sometimes an inability of the authorities to bring perpetrators of torture to book.

The panel therefore recommended an apology by the police to the petitioner, Felicia Opara.

The panel also recommended training of the police on human rights law & enforcement as well as the need to make policemen take responsibility for their actions.

The panel then awarded compensation to the petitioner in the sum of N750,000.

The second petitioner, Tolulope Openiyi was compensated with the sum of N10m.

The panel found that she successfully proved that her husband, Olusegun was shot dead in August 2017, by a police officer, Jide Akinola, attached to the Sabo, Yaba police station.

The panel found that there was no contrary evidence offered by the police to her testimony that her husband was shot at a police checkpoint.

The panel also found that though the police authorities arrested the erring police officer, his investigation was not properly conducted as he was later released.

The panel therefore recommended the prosecution of the police officer. The panel also recommended scholarship for one child of the victim.

Other general recommendations made by the panel include public condemnation and immediate sanctioning of police officers where necessary and an adequate and speedy compensation of victims and their families with the cost of compensation to be set aside by the Nigerian Government for the police.

The third petitioner, Francis Idum was alleged to be a victim of extrajudicial killing by a SARS officer during a cult clash, sometime in July, 2019

Witnesses who testified in the petition filed by family members of the deceased claimed police officers from Area F police command also took away his body.

In reaching its decision, the panel found that none of the witnesses who testified was an eye witness to the incident as they could not give direct evidence of the person who shot the deceased.

The panel also found that the evidence of the police on its movement of arms register for the day of the incident showed that only AK47 rifles were signed out for use and not a pistol as was allegedly used on the victim.

In the final analysis the panel recalled that there was a cult clash on the day and the balance of probability and the preponderance of evidence tilted more in favor of the police.

The panel was therefore unable to recommend compensation for the petitioner as it was not proved that the gunshot which caused his death was a weapon handled by the police.

The panel however recommended that the police conducts a better investigation by commissioning an independent outfit vested with the mandate to unravel the circumstances that lead to the death of the petitioner.

In the fourth decision involving Oladoyin Ademola, the panel was also unable to recommend monetary compensation.

The panel held that the petitioner did not connect the cataract he suffers in his eye to acts of assault allegedly perpetrated on him by men of the Nigerian police.

The panel however recommended that the DPO and officers at the Dopemu check point and police station as at the date of the incident should be investigated.

The fifth petitioner, Blessing Omoregie Esanbor was compensated with the sum of N5m.

The panel found that though her police assailant, Emmanuel Okujor was imprisoned for 17 years for the offence, the petitioner still has a permanent disability and requires plastic surgery to fix her face.

The panel also recommended periodic psychological evaluation of policemen especially those who bear arms.

The sixth petitioner, Tella Adesanya, an officer of Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services under the Min. of Agriculture, was awarded N500,000 compensation for his unlawful arrest for three days, the seizure of his car since 2018 till date, extortion and for the trauma he suffered at the hands of the police officers.

The panel also recommended the immediate release of his car.

How Policemen Battered And Stripped Me Naked, Man Tells Lagos Panel

(FILE) Members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution at a sitting on November 28, 2020.

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of SARS and other related matters on Tuesday heard the petition of a man who accused men of the Nigeria Police Force of battering him.

Monday Ojon was among the 10 petitions listed for hearing.

The panel reserved judgment till a later date in three of the petitions. It also heard the encounter between a petitioner Ojon and the Nigerian police.

Ojon testified that he was stripped naked and beaten by a police officer even when he did not commit any offence.

“On 4th December 2013, I was coming from CMS, going to Tinubu, a policeman Mr. Kabiru with force number 354962, he was coming with a stick and gun in both hands respectively, and he asked where I was going? I told him I was going to Tinubu. He said I should kneel down, I asked for what? He said I should kneel down now and he started to beat me with the stick until the stick got broken into pieces,” he said.

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“He picked another plank and started beating me with it until I knelt down. He told me to remove my clothes, but I refused and started shouting which attracted passers-by, he said he would waste me and cocked the gunshot it into the air. He told me to undress naked, he then told me to start crawling from that point to CMS bus stop with others whom we met on the way.

“Some motorists who accosted him were threatened and they left. He also told a man and a girl to kneel down and when they refused, he shot into the air. A friend and motorcyclist who saw me asked what I did, when I told him what happened, he said he was going to report at Adeniji Adele police station.

“A fellow policeman who saw us, talked to him privately and asked for my cloth. I told him that my cloth was at the other end, he then told me to go and take my cloth and go. Suddenly, a lion building police patrol van with the DPO came to the scene and took me to lion building and told me to go and treat myself because I had been battered.”

According to the petitioner, efforts to get justice at the Lion Building Police Station did not yield any results. Instead he says he was offered a paltry ₦100, 000 which he refused.

The petitioner is seeking adequate compensation and he wants the panel to help him get justice against the police office, Mr. Kabiru who he alleged committed the assault.

#EndSARS Panel: Protest Coordinator Testifies As Army Fails To Show Up Again

(FILE) Members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution at a sitting on November 28, 2020.

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of SARS and other related matters on Saturday listed eight petitions for hearing.

The Nigerian Army was at the top of the list as the panel gave the military yet another chance to appear and state its version of the incident of Oct 20, 2020, at the Lekki toll gate.

Again, the military authorities failed to show up neither were they represented by counsel.

The panel then listened to the testimony of Serah Ibrahim, one of the co-ordinators of the #EndSARS protest who gave a counter-narrative of the events leading to the Oct 20, 2020 incident.

She spoke about the interactions protesters had with the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, when he came to the toll gate. She also spoke about interactions with members of staff of LCCI about the billboard, placing of advertisements as well as interactions with police officers on the ground at the Lekki toll gate.

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The panel also listened to the cross-examination of a former commissioner of Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Kenny Okolugbo.

At a previous proceeding, he had told the panel that his former tenant, Emmanuel Okaka, who owed him four months’ rent, had falsely accused him of the unlawful ejection, forceful entry and stealing.

Based on these false allegations, Okolugbo said he was arrested, brutalised and charged to court.

He also accused some online media outlets of conniving with one ASP Sunday Nwauzor and Zebedee Arekhandia of the Legal Department, to publish false information about the case.

With the petitioner now exonerated and the case struck out on the advice of the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP), Okolugbo said the Nigeria Police Force has greatly damaged his reputation, which threatens his political ambitions in 2023.

While asking the Panel to recommend the dismissal and prosecution of the two police officers, he sought a ₦30 million compensation for the trauma he suffered at the hands of the police.

Lekki Toll Gate: Five Months After, Nigerians Demand Answers

#EndSARS protesters during a candlelight procession in honour of victims of police brutality.

 

Five months after operatives of the Nigerian Army stormed the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos and opened fire on the peaceful #EndSARS protesters, Nigerians are demanding answers.

The protesters who were demanding an end to police brutality and good governance in the country had converged at the toll gate before being shot by armed security personnel on October 20, 2020.

Several are feared killed, while many others sustained gunshot wounds.

Following the incident, the National Economic Council (NEC) which Vice President Yemi Osinbajo chairs, had unanimously agreed to set up a judicial panel of inquiry to address the cases of victims of police brutality and compensate their families.

The panel was inaugurated by state governors across the country with members given a six-month period to function and forward its recommendations to the state governments.

However Nigerians seem not to be pleased that five months after the nation experienced what could be termed as a ‘Black Tuesday’, the authorities are yet to fish out the security operatives who shot at the innocent protesters.

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In addition, they are demanding answers as to who ordered the shootings as well as the arraignment and prosecution of the military personnel.

On Saturday, Channels Television observed that the #LekkiMassacre was trending on Twitter.

One of the social media users, SAMSON OF AFRICA, lamented that 150 days have gone by with the perpetrators of the Lekki massacre yet to be arrested.

“150 days gone and yet the perpetrators of #LekkiMassacre has not been arrested. Who ordered the shootings of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on 20th October 2020?” he questioned.

Another user with the name, Dr Olufunmilayo, is asking that justice be meted out on the killers of some Nigerians identified as Jimoh, Ifeoma, Ayomide, Chijioke, Tina, Kolade, Joy, Richard, Ismaila, and other victims of police brutality.

One other user with the name Boss Lady, used the opportunity to eulogise the fallen heroes, calling for justice be meted out on their killers.

“5 months gone already and they are yet to tell us who ordered the shootings at lekki toll gate… Rip to our hero’s,” she said.