The Lagos State Judicial Panel on #EndSARS submitted its report back to the Lagos State Government in the present day, November 15.
Sahara Reporters stories that the panel within the report which is but to be made public as promised by the state governor, Bbajide Sanwo-Olu, clearly discovered the Nigerian Army and police fired dwell bullets at peaceable protesters on the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020. It additionally concluded that the “deliberate absence of officers of the Nigerian Army who were present at the Lekki Toll Gate and who were summoned by the Panel was a calculated attempt to conceal material evidence from the Panel”.
According to SaharaReporters, the panel in its report discovered
“From the proof of General A.I.Taiwo (Commander, 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Nigerian Army, Victoria Island, Lagos) on pages 6, 7, 21, 22, the Panel finds that each clean and dwell bullets have been fired by the Nigerian Army on the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020, for the next causes:
Apart from the army males in uniform, the Army left its base with autos, rifles and weapons, which contained each dwell and clean bullets. General Taiwo admitted at web page 22 that the Army went to the Lekki Toll Gate with dwell ammunition.
As of October 30, 2020, when the Panel visited the Lekki Toll Gate for its on the spot evaluation, it was nonetheless capable of recuperate two bullets shells which have been duly analyzed by the forensic skilled employed by the Panel, Sentinel, who may be very aware of weapons utilized by the Nigerian Army. These bullet shells have been stated to be the identical as or much like those usually utilized by the Nigerian Army and so they have been expended shells, that means they have been fired dwell on the Lekki Toll Gate.
Petitioners and witnesses appeared earlier than the Panel to provide vivid accounts of shootings by the Army into the group of protesters. The Panel finds their testimonies credible being eyewitness accounts and would ascribe probative worth to their testimony over that of General Taiwo who was not bodily current on the Lekki Toll Gate.
The Panel finds as credible, the case of the EndSARS protesters that troopers shot immediately at protesters on the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020 as confirmed by Lagos State Ballistic Expert, Willie-Harry on web page 244 that some video proof point out “… instances where troops were seen to be re-arming their weapons before either discharging them to the air or purposely in the direction of the protesters …”
The Panel believes that the deliberate absence of officers of the Nigerian Army who have been current on the Lekki Toll Gate and who have been summoned by the Panel was a calculated try to hide materials proof from the Panel and verily believes that their presence would have broken the case of the Nigerian Army.
The Panel finds the proof, presentation and report of the Ballistic Expert engaged by Lagos State as too basic and unrelated to the particular proof earlier than the Panel on the Lekki Toll Gate Incident. The stated report was based mostly largely on extraneous supplies that weren’t produced or tendered earlier than the Panel to be able to decide their supply or relevance. The witness admitted that he didn’t work with any doc or video admitted earlier than the Panel, he didn’t communicate with any of the protesters or petitioners, the docs or the pathologists or certainly some other related witness identified to the Panel.”
On accidents from Lekki Tollgate, the Panel
“finds that the testimony of Dr Babajide Lawson of Reddington Hospital as to the nature of treatment offered victims of the Lekki Toll Gate Incident in relation to gunshot wounds which were high velocity ‘entry and exit’, all indicate injuries from military weapons, consistent with the bullet shells recovered by the Panel during its visit and the witnesses that testified before the Panel”.
It additionally “finds corroboration of the case of gunshot wounds within the testimony of Dr. Aromolate Ayobami of Grandville Trauma Centre, the place a number of victims of gunshot wounds have been handled comprehensively and discharged.
“The testimony of the EndSARS protesters, especially Miss Serah Ibrahim, Mr. Onileowo Legend, Miss Dabira Ayuku, Miss Kamsichukwu (all of whom were personally present at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20), as to the fact that the Army shot live bullets, video evidence of casualties, fatalities, etc, all lend credence to the fact that the Army shot at the protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20 2020 which resulted into deaths and other physical injuries.”
The panel additionally famous that General Taiwo was proven video clip – 202010.wa0313 of Hq81D file – the place protesters have been shouting that the military had shot and killed.
The panel stated
“He admitted seeing somebody mendacity on floor with what appeared like blood however acknowledged that the video was faux when he didn’t produce his personal authentic video on behalf of the Army.
The testimony and report of Professor John Obafunwa, a Forensic Pathologist of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, confirmed that three (3) corpses have been deposited on the Mainland Hospital, Yaba Hospital, all from the Lekki Toll Gate and the post-mortem performed thereon revealed dying from bleeding brought on by penetrating objects or rifled weapon.
The Panel finds that the very fact of lack of identification of among the different 96 corpses on the listing provided by Professor Obafunwa wouldn’t obliterate the truth that a few of them may have come from the Lekki Toll Gate Incident of October 20, 2020 or that another unidentified corpses could have been eliminated by their households or the army, as claimed by the EndSARS protesters, far and past the listing tendered by Professor Obafunwa.
The Panel finds that many of the 96 corpses for which autopsies have been performed by Professor Obafunwa stay unidentified however they have been labelled with EndSARS, apparently lending credence to the case of the EndSARS protesters that the shootings by safety businesses resulted in mass deaths.
The Panel finds that the style of the prevalence of the incidences on the Lekki Toll Gate didn’t current correct process of cordoning off the scene, inviting forensic consultants and pathologists, crime consultants and others concerned in such conditions.
The Panel finds that issue in figuring out the corpses may have been prevented had Lagos State Government supplied well timed and ample funding to conduct DNA exams as was finished within the circumstances of DANA Air crash and Synagogue Church constructing collapse.
The Panel is reluctant to simply accept the view that numerous the corpses tagged unknown have been from the riot in Ikoyi Correctional Centre, being an establishment with correct information to establish such corpses and that these could also be a part of the Lekki Toll Gate casualties.
In specific, General Taiwo admitted data of Major Osoba Olaniyi, who put out an announcement on behalf of the Nigerian Army admitting that the Army was current on the Lekki Toll Gate and so they shot however not on the protesters.
The Panel finds that the firing of dwell bullets by the Army at real protesters on the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020, resulted in grievous accidents and the lack of lives of the protesters.
Panel additionally finds that the taking pictures of the protesters by the Nigerian Army on the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020 was unwarranted, extreme, provocative and unjustifiable within the circumstances of the state of the protests which was peaceable and orderly.”
The panel additionally famous the proof earlier than it “shows that after the Nigerian Army left, the Nigeria Police Force, followed up with the killing of the protesters, shooting directly at fleeing protesters into the shanties and the Lagoon at the Lekki Phase 1 Foreshore, close to the Lekki Toll Gate, floating corpse and one-shot close to Serah Ibrahim.”
Also in its findings, the panel famous
“That the Nigerian Army was invited for intervention within the State and was deployed to Lekki Toll Gate on the twentieth of October 2020. At the Lekki Toll Gate, officers of the Nigerian Army shot, injured and killed unarmed helpless and defenseless protesters, with out provocation or justification, whereas they have been waving the Nigerian Flag and singing the National Anthem and the style of assault and killing may in context be described as a bloodbath.
The Panel additionally discovered that the conduct of the Nigerian Army was exacerbated by its refusal to permit ambulances render medical help to victims who required such help. The Army was additionally discovered to not have adhered to its personal Rules of Engagement.
The Panel discovered that the Nigerian Police Force deployed its officers to the Lekki Toll Gate on the night time of the twentieth October, 2020 and between that night time and the morning of the twenty first of October, 2020, its officer shot at, assaulted and battered unarmed protesters, which led to accidents and deaths. The cops additionally tried to cowl up their actions by choosing up bullets.
The panel discovered that LCC hampered the panel’s investigation by refusing to show over some helpful and important data/proof as requested by the Panel and the Forensic Expert engaged by the panel, even the place such data and proof was by the corporate’s admission, accessible. It manipulated the unfinished CCTV Video footage of the Lekki Toll Gate on the night time of the twentieth of October 2020, which it tendered earlier than the Panel.
The Panel discovered that there was an invite of the Nigerian Army to Lagos State made by the Lagos State Government by way of the Governor earlier than the hierarchy of the Nigerian Army deployed its troopers to the Lekki Toll Gate on the night time of the twentieth of October.
The Panel discovered that there was an try to cowl up the Incident of the twentieth of October by the cleansing of the Lekki Toll Gate and the failure to protect the scene forward of potential investigations.”