The Lagos judicial panel of inquiry has submitted the reports on the Lekki shooting incident and police brutality cases to the state government on Monday.
The panel led by a retired judge, Doris Okuwobi, submitted the reports at the Governor’s Office in Alausa, Ikeja.
Panel members include:
- The Honourable Justice Doris Okuwobi, (Retired Judge of the Lagos State High Court; Chairperson)
- Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN (Representative of the Civil Society)
- Rtd. D.I.G. Frederick Taiwo Lakanu
- Patience Patrick Udoh (Representative Civil Society)
- Mr ‘Segun Awosanya (Human Rights Activist)
- Mrs Oluwatoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens’ Rights)
- Mr Lucas Koyejo, Esq. (National Human Rights Commission)
- Majekodunmi, Temitope Oluwaseun (Youth Representative Nominated by the Youth)
- Mr. Babajide Boye (Secretary)
The report titled: ‘LAGOS STATE JUDICIAL PANEL OF INQUIRY ON RESTITUTION FOR VICTIMS OF SARS RELATED ABUSES AND OTHER MATTERS’ noted: “The Nigerian Army left, the Nigeria Police Force, followed up with the killing of the protesters, shooting directly at fleeing protesters into the shanties and the Lagoon at the Lekki Phase 1 Foreshore, close to the Lekki Toll Gate, floating corpse”.
The report also said; “The atrocious maiming and killing of unarmed, helpless and unresisting protesters,
while sitting on the floor and waving their Nigerian flags, while singing the National Anthem can be equated to a ‘massacre’ in context”.
Reactions have however greeted the report after it was leaked to the media (full report at the end of this story).
Reacting, DJ Switch said; “Shattered so many lives, tried to destroy mine. Only for what you desperately tried to hide to be made public… by you! The truth needs no defense! #EndSARS”.
A CNN reporter Stephanie Busari said; “I woke up thinking about the Lekki tollgate report. So many damning elements. The most disturbing for me is the thorough clean-up of the scene the morning after which was later cited as a lack of evidence of deaths. ‘Look no bloodstains. Nobody died at the scene.” So chilling”.
EiE Nigeria however reacted saying; “No amount of denial or propaganda from the government will change the fact that a massacre took place at the Lekki tollgate on October 20th, 2020. The LASG report includes names of those who died at the toll gate”.
Rinu Oduala on her part tweeted; “It’s important that we understand that people weren’t just shot & killed at Lekki alone. People were shot all over Lagos; Yaba, Mushin, Ikeja, Alausa. There were dead bodies everywhere. Close to 100 bodies retrieved in Lagos. #EndSARS“.
Oby Ezekwesili said; “The young ones have insisted on what happened to them when they were violently shot at by the military and other establishments of government on that horrific night of 20.10.2020. The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry has validated them. Time for absolute Justice”.
Meanwhile, a Twitter user, QUDUS [email protected], who seems not to be satisfied with the report posted: “But these 7 guys that are deceased at Lekki, who submitted their names? Their family or who? And where were they buried? By who? And the ones missing, who carried them ? Question that needed answers”.
FULL PANEL REPORT BELOW: