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Lagos Endsars Investigation Report: There Was An Attempt To Cover Up Lekki Shooting

According to the panel, what transpired on the night of October 20, 2020, was a massacre.

Lagos Endsars Investigation Report: There Was An Attempt To Cover Up Lekki Shooting

In its report submitted to Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday, November 15, 2021, the 8-member judicial panel of inquiry into the Lekki tollgate shooting of October 20, 2020, writes that:

“There was an attempt to cover up the incident of the 20th of October by the cleaning of the Lekki tollgate and the failure to preserve the scene ahead of the potential investigations.”

In its 309-page report, the panel also concluded that “the atrocious maiming and killing of unarmed, helpless and unresisting protesters, while sitting on the floor and waiving their Nigerian flags, while singing the National Anthem, can be equated to a massacre in context.”

The panel also said officers deployed to the tollgate “shot at, assaulted and battered unarmed protesters.”

According to the panel’s report, police officers tried to cover up their actions by picking up bullets.

“The panel found that the Nigerian Police Force deployed its officers to the Lekki tollgate on the night of the 20th October, 2020 and between that night and the morning of the 21st of October, 2020, its officers shot at, assaulted and battered unarmed protesters, which led to injuries and deaths.

“The police officers also tried to cover up their actions by picking up bullets,” the report reads.

The panel said the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) refused to provide vital evidence that could have aided its investigation.

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LCC was also accused of manipulating the CCTV footage presented to the panel during its sitting.

The report reads as follows: “The panel found that LCC hampered the panel’s investigation by refusing to turn over some useful and vital information/evidence as requested by the panel and the forensic expert engaged by the panel, even where such information and evidence was by the company’s admission, available.

“It manipulated the incomplete CCTV Video footage of the Lekki tollgate on the night of the 20th of October 2020, which it tendered before the panel.”

The panel also recommended that officers of the army and police who participated in the “shooting, injuring and killing of unarmed protestors” should be sanctioned.

According to the report: “The denial of ambulances by the soldiers, which could have assisted in the prompt and effective treatment of injured protesters, was cruel and inhuman and it contributed immensely to the large number of deaths and casualties on the part of the protesters, especially those from the Lekki tollgate.

“The panel finds the cases of death or injured protesters as credible and uncontroverted.

“The panel finds that most EndSARS protesters and victims of the Lekki tollgate incident of October 20, 2020 were largely unwilling to be identified in public for fear of persecution or harassment by the security agencies and the government generally.

“Immediately after the protest, there was palpable fear that the Army and Police were visiting hospitals to ‘finish up’ the protesters to the extent that some of them could not return home immediately. Some of the protesters received threats and some were being trailed by unknown persons.”

The panel also recommended that a public apology be tendered to #EndSARS protesters who were killed, injured, and traumatised by the incident.

“The panel also found that the conduct of the Nigerian Army was exacerbated by its refusal to allow ambulances render medical assistance to victims who required such assistance. The Army was also found not to have adhered to its own Rules of Engagement.

“The Panel found that the Nigerian Police Force deployed its officers to the Lekki Toll Gate on the night of the 20th October, 2020 and between that night and the morning of the 21st of October, 2020, its officers shot at, assaulted and battered unarmed protesters, which led to injuries and deaths.”

The panel also asked the government to do all it can to bridge the gap of distrust with the youth.

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The panel recommends “that all those arrested in the course of the protest should be granted bail, prosecuted for any offence that may be alleged against them or where no prima facie evidence of culpability is disclosed upon due investigation, they should be released forthwith.”

The nationwide anti-police brutality protests of October 2020 were quelled by security personnel.

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Afterwards, arsonists took advantage of the breakdown in law and order to loot and burn down government property and public facilities.

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ASUU reacts to parents’ proposal to pay N10,000 per session to end prolonged strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has stated that it will review the Appeal Court’s decision ordering the union to end its strike in order to decide its course of action.

Naija News 247 had reported that the appeal court on Friday ordered the union to return to work as earlier ordered by the National Industrial Court with immediate effect.

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ASUU President Professor Emmanuel Osodeke told reporters in response to the new court ruling that the union has not yet received the Appeal Court decision in its entirety.

He stated that after receiving the verdict, the union would review the paperwork with its attorneys and determine its course of action.

He said, “We have not received the ruling, when we get it, we will review it with our lawyer and then we can take the next step”.

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Naija News 247 recalls that the Federal Government, following its inability to reach a truce with the university lecturer, dragged ASUU to the National Industrial Court on September 11.

The court on September 24, ordered the striking lecturers to return to class while negotiation with the Federal Government continues.

Miffed by the ruling, the union headed to the appellate court to appeal the ruling.

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The Court of Appeal has ordered members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to end their eight-month-long strike immediately.

The court, however, granted the application on the condition that the union follow the lower court’s ruling and immediately call off the strike, pending the outcome of the substantive suit.

Following the lower court’s ruling, the court gave ASUU seven days to file an appeal.

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Naija News 247 reports that the National Industrial Court, on Sept. 21, ordered ASUU to call off the strike.

The court gave the order following a notice filed by the Federal Government urging the lecturers to return to classrooms.

In his decision on the interlocutory injunction, the trial judge, Justice Polycarp Hamman, restrained ASUU from continuing with the strike until the Federal Government’s suit against ASUU was resolved.

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Miffed by the ruling, the union headed to the appellant court to appeal the ruling.

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President Muhammadu Buhari lays the 2023 Appropriation Bill before a joint session of the National Assembly on Friday.

Buhari entered the temporary chamber of the House of Representatives, venue of the ceremony at 10:07am.

Naija News 247 had reported that Senate Present, Ahmed Lawan, during plenary on Tuesday said Buhari will  present the N19.76tn budget to the parliament at a ceremony scheduled to commence at 10am.

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There is heavy presence of personnel from military, paramilitary and safety agencies on the premises.

Men of the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Department of State Services, Federal Road Safety Corps, Federal Fire Service and sergeants-at-arms were deployed for the special duty.

The security operatives have manned strategic points in and around the building, with stricter security checks on vehicles and persons entering the building.

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Select members of staff, essential service providers and journalists were issued tags to gain access into the premises.

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