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There’s mild drama ongoing as members of the Lagos state judicial panel of inquiry are refused entry into the military hospital in Lagos to inspect the facility.
Members of the Panel of Inquiry had made a visit to the Lekki Toll Gate, the scene of the protest where personnel of the Nigerian Army opened fire on peaceful #ENDSARS protesters earlier.
The 7-member, Judicial panel was sworn in by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, charged with the task of investigating cases of brutality and human rights violations committed by operatives of the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad, (SARS), in Lagos.
The visitation of the facility by members of the panel Friday started across locations in Lagos state when its members resumed sitting and the visit to the Military hospital is within their area of coverage.
According to the face-off monitored on Television by NewsWireNGR, members of the panel were making an unscheduled visit to inspect the morgue but were denied entry by management.
The soldiers were hostile, issuing subtle threats right in front of the cameras and Journalist that had joined the panel entourage for the visit. But 30 minutes after, the members of inquiry were eventually allowed into the military hospital, Ikoyi.
NewsWireNGR recalls that at the resumption of the panel, Chairman of the Lekki Concession Company in charge of Lekki Toll Gate was called to give evidence of what transpired at the scene.
The man said though it had compiled its evidence including footage from what happened on the 20th of October, it is not ready to present its evidence.
He requested that the panel adjourn its sitting.
The panel, however, declined his requests and demanded that a visit will be made to the toll gate.
The panel and members of the public are presently at the toll gate as at the time of filing this report. Recall that on 20th of October 2020, soldiers had opened fire on peaceful #ENDSARS protesters.
Thousands of Nigerians marched in Lagos and other cities to demand an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS, a police unit accused of extrajudicial killings and abuses.
The government announced the unit had been disbanded, but many Nigerians are skeptical, and continued the protest but were shot at in Lekki while singing to the Nigerian National Anthem and waving the flag.
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