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Army deployed at least 7 vehicles to Lekki Tollgate, CCTV reveals

Army deployed at least 7 vehicles to Lekki Tollgate, CCTV reveals
Written by Maritime First

…As Police nab 2 suspects for allegedly eating roasted police officers’ flesh***

The Nigerian Army deployed no fewer than seven military trucks to the Lekki Tollgate on the evening of Oct. 20, the day unarmed #EndSARS protesters were allegedly shot by the military.

The newsmen report that this was revealed by CCTV footage of the incident which was played by the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters.

The footage was played on Saturday prior to the cross-examination of Brig.-Gen. Ahmed Taiwo, Commander of the 81 Division, Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island.

The footage was played before a packed audience at the panel, and the timestamp in the video showed people running from the vicinity of  Oriental Hotel towards the direction of the tollgate in the Lekki area at 6.43pm.

At 6.45 pm, the military arrived and at least seven trucks are seen in the footage.

At 6.53 pm, lights appeared to have been turned off at the tollgate facility and the footage began playing in a blurry black and white video.

At 6.55 pm, the military drove through the tollgate and at 6.57 pm, flashes of gunfire could be seen in the footage.

At 7.09 pm, the protesters appeared to be surrounded on all sides by the military vehicles which had flashing lights.

Earlier during proceedings, the Chairman of the panel, retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, had noted that during the hearing of Nov. 6, 20-hours worth of footage presented by the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) was given to Mr Adeshina Ogunlana, the lawyer for the #EndSARS protesters.

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Okuwobi noted that the lawyer had on that day informed the panel that he would sift through the footage and select the portions that would be relevant to his case.

Responding, Ogunlana told the panel that he had watched the footage and had noted the parts of the video that are of interest to him.

“LCC has furnished us with the footage and we have taken our time to reach out to the counsel of LCC and the Lagos State Government.

“We agreed that subject to their acceptance, all we watched is the same until 5 pm and we should limit viewing from 5 pm to 7.59 pm when the tape ended,” Ogunlana said.

The counsel for LASG, Mr Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN) aligned his views with Ogunlana’s submission.

“The relevant portions of the footage which is from 5pm to 7.59 pm should be viewed,” he said.

The Nigerian Army deployed no fewer than seven military trucks to the Lekki Tollgate on the evening of Oct. 20, the day unarmed #EndSARS protesters were allegedly shot by the military.

The newsmen report that this was revealed by CCTV footage of the incident which was played by the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters.

The footage was played on Saturday prior to the cross-examination of Brig.-Gen. Ahmed Taiwo, Commander of the 81 Division, Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island.

The footage was played before a packed audience at the panel, and the timestamp in the video showed people running from the vicinity of  Oriental Hotel towards the direction of the tollgate in the Lekki area at 6.43 pm.

At 6.45 pm, the military arrived and at least seven trucks are seen in the footage.

At 6.53 pm, lights appeared to have been turned off at the tollgate facility and the footage began playing in a blurry black and white video.

At 6.55 pm, the military drove through the tollgate and at 6.57 pm, flashes of gunfire could be seen in the footage.

At 7.09 pm, the protesters appeared to be surrounded on all sides by the military vehicles which had flashing lights.

Earlier during proceedings, the Chairman of the panel, retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, had noted that during the hearing of Nov. 6, 20-hours worth of footage presented by the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) was given to Mr Adeshina Ogunlana, the lawyer for the #EndSARS protesters.

Okuwobi noted that the lawyer had on that day informed the panel that he would sift through the footage and select the portions that would be relevant to his case.

Responding, Ogunlana told the panel that he had watched the footage and had noted the parts of the video that are of interest to him.

“LCC has furnished us with the footage and we have taken our time to reach out to the counsel of LCC and the Lagos State Government.

“We agreed that subject to their acceptance, all we watched is the same until 5 pm and we should limit viewing from 5 pm to 7.59 pm when the tape ended,” Ogunlana said.

The counsel for LASG, Mr Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN) aligned his views with Ogunlana’s submission.

“The relevant portions of the footage which is from 5 pm to 7.59 pm should be viewed,” he said.

In the meantime, the police in Oyo State have confirmed the arrest of two suspects allegedly linked with the roasting and eating of the flesh of police officers burnt in Ibadan during #EndSARS protest.

Police Spokesman at the Oyo State Command, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the arrest of the suspects on Saturday in Ibadan in an interview with the newsmen.

The suspects, a 34-year-old expectant mother and a 43-year-old man have been transferred to the Force Intelligence Bureau at the Force Headquarters in Abuja for further investigation, he said.

The 34-year-old woman was alleged to have eaten some body parts of one of the police victims, an allegation which she denied as she said while it was true that she was at the scene, she was only given the body parts to keep by the second suspect, the 43-year-old man.

The 43-year-old suspect did not also deny being at the scene of the incident with other hoodlums, but said it was the woman who voluntarily took the body parts and only asked him for a towel or handkerchief to wrap them in.

The fallen policemen were deployed to contain the #EndSARS protest of Oct. 22, which was hijacked by hoodlums, when they met their deaths.

 

 

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