Lekki Massacre – 10 days after, judicial panel visits Lekki toll gate

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The Lekki Toll Gate was visited by the Lagos State Judicial Commission of Inquiry for Compensation for Victims of SARS and related Violations and Other Matters.
This comes ten days after the # EndSARS demonstrators were fired by soldiers in the plaza.
During the visitation, the members of the panel were brought by officials of the Lekki Concession Company around the scene of the shootings.

Justice Doris Okuwobi (retd.), chairman of the nine-man tribunal, said earlier that the panel’s schedule of the day was to visit the locus (the scene of the Lekki shooting) and to have proceedings based on their findings from the visit.

She said this during Friday morning’s panel sitting.

We were to take care of what we see at the locus at first, and today’s proceedings were to follow what we see at the locus.

A panel will appear very soon to visit the locus. The panel noted that the witness was allowed to have an attorney of his choosing. Until then, we will not take the proceedings of the locus’ visit,’ she said.

Following its return from the visit to the toll gate, the panel is scheduled to reconvene to hear other petitions.

In the meantime, the Lekki Concession Company has said that the video of the October 20 shooting of protesters at the Lekki toll plaza is intact.

Abayomi Omomuwasan, the company’s managing director, said this when he took the panel on a tour of the facilities.

Most of their equipment had been destroyed by alleged hoodlums, he said.

He said, “Our private investigation into the shootings has yet to be carried out.” Yeah, we have the video intact, but the shootings have not been investigated or reported by us.

We have the first toll plaza and the Lekki toll bridge, also known as TP3. We have the last spot in the area around Chevron. There, we don’t pay the toll. It is our offices, and that’s Toll Plaza Two. This is where the day’s shooting happened.

“As I said earlier, we have video. This is to get the panel comfortable with what it is now, as opposed to what it was before the shootings.

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