A witness of the October 20, 2020 Lekki tollgate shooting incident has presented video evidence of people killed and injured at the scene to the Lagos State Judicial Panel.
The witness, Sarah Ibrahim, was led in evidence by Olumide Fusika, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
Ms Ibrahim, who first appeared before the panel on April 18, said at least 10 people died from the shooting by officers of the Nigerian Army at Lekki Tollgate.
Although the Nigerian Army denied shooting at protesters, several accounts of witnesses, including hospitals where victims were taken to, showed that there were casualties.
The actual number of people that died in the incident is, however, still unclear.
Giving further testimony on Saturday, Ms Ibrahim presented several videos and pictures of people who died and were injured at the Lekki toll gate.
The video evidence also showed officers of the Nigerian Army present at the toll gate, shooting into the air, and also at the protesters.
PREMIUM TIMES could count at least five bodies from the videos, with many other protesters injured.
Ms Ibrahim said contrary to the claim of soldiers that they shot into the air, protesters were shot at and many killed.
In one of the videos, the witness also showed the entrance of one of the hospitals that victims were taken to, saying the hospital was overwhelmed.
“That is the entrance of a hospital, there were people all over. They were attending to people at the car park,” Ms Ibrahim said.
She also said the soldiers took away many of the dead bodies of victims of the shooting.
“They took the bodies to the Military Hospital. We got to know because one of the people in the van that was not yet dead said he counted 11 bodies. It was one of the nurses there that saw that he was still alive that helped him,” she said.
PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported an unscheduled visit to the Military Hospital by the Judicial Panel on October 30 as part of its investigation into the Lekki shooting incident.
“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 don’t want to make any conclusions yet until we have access to the mortuary to inspect it. We have a pathologist with us, who is here to help us conduct medical examination of bodies that we may find in the mortuary,” one of the members of the panel, Ebun Adegboruwa said.
However, when the hospital, including its morgue was eventually toured by the panel in company of journalists, no body was found at the morgue as the hospital was undergoing renovation.
However, the witness on Saturday insisted the bodies taken away from the scene were taken to the Military Hospital.
“Some people didn’t let the army carry some of the dead bodies of people that they know. They were hiding them and dragged them to the shanties,” she added.
The witness also presented video interviews of two mothers whose sons were allegedly killed at the Lekki toll gate.
Ndifreke Sunday, one of the mothers, spoke in a Cross River dialect and was interpreted to the panel by one Ninja Samuel.
“My child bears Victor Sunday Ikana, their father died and left them, and I took care of them. He went to Lagos and has been staying for long, he sends help (money) to me and his siblings, one boy and three girls.
“On 20th of October, someone called me and said I should call Npoi-ikana. When I called, his phone rang but he did not respond. Then I called his friend, who is also in Lagos.”
The bereaved mother said her son’s friend told her that her son was shot and killed.
She said she is yet to see the corpse of her son up till this moment and has spent all her savings doing all she could to get the corpse.
Another mother, whose video interview was played at the panel, said she picked up the corpse of her son at the shanty near the Lekki tollgate, among other corpses.
“They said people were not killed, but we saw many corpses. We identified my son with the cloth he was wearing,” she said.
Doris Okuwobi, a retired judge, heading the Judicial Panel adjourned the Lekki investigation matter till May 15.
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