The end sars legal panel set up in Lagos has concluded many months after the investigation that the Lekki toll gate incident was a massacre.
Finally, on Monday, November 15, the panel, led by a retired judge, Doris Okuwobi, submitted a 309-page report at the Governor’s Office in Alausa, Ikeja.
Following this, the citizen advocacy group, Enough is Enough Nigeria, released the report even though, the Lagos government has not done so.
Some of the key things in their reports are:
- The October 20, 2020 shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate was a massacre.
- Both the Police and the Army were involved in the shootings.
- Nine people were confirmed dead, while four people were presumed dead, others sustained various degrees of injuries.
- 96 other corpses were presented by a forensic pathologist at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Prof John Obafunwa.
- The number of victims is 48, but it’s not certain, as it could be more than that.
- Police officers attempted to cover up the shootings by picking bullets.
- The protesters were attacked when they were singing the National Anthem and they were peaceful in their demonstrations.
- Soldiers removed as many bodies and corpses of the fallen protesters, which they took away with their vans.
- Lekki Concession Company (LCC) refused to provide vital evidence that would have aided its investigation and also manipulated the incomplete CCTV Video footage.
- The panel recommended the sanctioning of the officers of the army and police who participated in the “shooting, injuring and killing of unarmed protestors.
- The panel also recommended a public apology to #EndSARS protesters who were killed, injured, and traumatized by the incident.
- The panel said the Divisional Police Officer of the Maroko Police Station along with policemen deployed from the Maroko Police Station should be prosecuted for arbitrary and indiscriminate shooting and killing of protesters.
- The panel recommended that the Lekki Toll Plaza be made a memorial site for the protest by renaming it the #EndSARS Tollgate.
- The panel recommends that as long as Tollgate exists, October 20th of every year should be made a toll-free day in honor of the memory of those massacred.