See video link of Lekki Toll Gate in this story.
Lagos State judicial panel appointed to investigate police brutality and the shooting at the Lekki toll gate on Friday discovered bullet shells from the scene.
Bullet shell at Lekki Toll Gate on Friday 30th October 2020.
At least four shells were found by the panel when it visited the Lekki toll gate.
The panel visit to the scene comes 10 days after the Nigerian security operatives shot at peaceful EndSARS protesters.
The chair of the panel Justice Doris Okuwobi noted that the programme of the day for the panel was to visit the locus (scene of the Lekki shooting) and to have proceedings based on their findings from the visit.
“We were initially to take note of what we see at the locus and today’s proceedings was to be subsequent to what we see there.
“The panel will arise very shortly to visit the locus. The panel noted that it is required of the witness to have a counsel of his choice. We will not take the proceedings of the visit of the locus until then,” she said.
The scene was visited alongside journalists and the representatives of the Lekki Concession Company.
Gbolahan Agboluwaje, the head of the Legal Department of Lekki Concession Company (LCC) on Friday also told the panel that the footage of the shootings is available.
“We have the footage. We do not have an investigation report because we know that investigations are ongoing and we have not been able to provide any document,” he said.
He, however, noted that the LCC was prepared to air the footage before the panel and that there are hours of recordings on the CCTV footage.
“We had a very short notice and we brought what we were able to lay our hands-on,” he said.
Agboluaje told the panel that due to the short notice of the summoning, the managing director (MD) of LCC, Abayomi Omomuwa, would not be able to testify because the company was yet to hire an external counsel to represent the MD.
Mr. Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN) announced his appearance as the counsel representing the Lagos State Government.
Justice Okuwobi (Rtd), granted Agboluwaje’s request for a short adjournment.
The Judicial Panel of Inquiry constituted by the Lagos State Government to probe the Lekki shootings also on Friday paid an unscheduled visit to the Military Hospital in the Ikoyi area of the state.
After initial resistance by the soldiers for about 30 minutes, the panel members were eventually allowed into the premises of the hospital.
Addressing journalists, a member of the panel, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN, said the panel has ‘confidential information’ relevant to the investigation of the Lekki shootings of Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
Video of bullet shells at Lekki https://twitter.com/i/status/1322154743100264448
He said, “We are exercising our mandate on behalf of the governor of Lagos State under the tribunal of inquiry laws.
“We have already inspected the Lekki toll gate today and we decided to pay an unscheduled visit to the mortuary of the Military Hospital because we have confidential information concerning certain events that took place in the hospital here.
“We are waiting for them to grant us access to inspect the mortuary because we have reasons to believe that that facility is relevant to our investigation.
“We don’t want to make any conclusions yet until we have access to that mortuary to inspect it.
We have a pathologist with us who is here to help us conduct medical examination of bodies we may find in the mortuary.”