The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters (Lagos EndSARS Panel) has announced the Lekki Tollgate shootings of October 20, 2020 as a slaughter.
The board prosecuted officers and embroiled Nigeria’s security specialists in the killing and constrained vanishings of innocuous and unarmed young people protesting at Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020.
The Justice Doris Okuwobi-drove board made the disclosure in a 309-page report submitted to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Monday.
As indicated by the report, something like 48 protesters were either shot dead.
Likewise, page 294 of the report read:
“The monstrous harming and killing of unarmed, defenseless and open protesters, while sitting on the floor and waving their Nigerian banners, while singing the National Anthem can be compared to a ‘slaughter’ in setting.”
In page 295: “It was affirmed and supported that the soldiers had their vans stopped at the Lekki Toll Gate and eliminated as many bodies and cadavers of the fallen protesters which they removed with their vans.”
As indicated by the report, “the Nigerian Army was welcomed for intercession in the State and was sent to Lekki Toll Gate on the twentieth of October 2020.
“At the Lekki Toll Gate, officials of the Nigerian Army shot, harmed and killed unarmed powerless and exposed protesters, without incitement or legitimization, while they were waving the Nigerian Flag and singing the National Anthem and the way of attack and killing could, in setting, be portrayed as a slaughter.
“The Panel likewise observed that the direct of the Nigerian Army was exacerbated by its refusal to permit ambulances render clinical help to casualties who needed such support.
“The Army was likewise seen as not to have clung to its own Rules of Engagement.
“The Panel observed that the Nigerian Police Force sent its officials to the Lekki Toll Gate the evening of the twentieth October, 2020 and between that evening and the morning of the 21st of October, 2020, its official shot at, attacked and battered unarmed protesters, which prompted wounds and deaths.
“The cops likewise attempted to conceal their activities by getting projectiles.
“The board observed that LCC hampered the board’s examination by declining to turn over some helpful and crucial data/proof as mentioned by the Panel and the Forensic Expert drew in by the board, even where such data and proof was by the organization’s affirmation, accessible.
“It controlled the fragmented CCTV Video film of the Lekki Toll Gate the evening of the twentieth of October 2020, which it offered before the Panel.
“The Panel observed that there was an order of the Nigerian Army to Lagos State made by the Lagos State Government through the Governor before the chain of importance of the Nigerian Army conveyed its troopers to the Lekki Toll Gate the evening of the twentieth of October.
“The Panel tracked down that there was an endeavor to conceal the Incident of the twentieth of October by the cleaning of the Lekki Toll Gate and the inability to protect the scene in front of expected examinations.
“Upon the above key discoveries among others, the Panel made a sum of 32 Recommendations, which included yet not restricted to:
“All encompassing Police Reforms covering government assistance, preparing and appropriate preparing of Policemen and their workplace;
“Endorsing of the officials of the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Police Force separately who partook in shooting, harming and killing of unarmed protestors at the Lekki Toll Gate on the 20 and 21st of October 2020;
“Advancement of more hearty commitment between the Youth and the Government;
“Setting up of a Standing Committee/Tribunal to manage instances of Violation of Human Rights by security offices and a trust asset to settle remuneration granted by such board/council;
“A general acknowledgment to ENDSARS nonconformists who were killed, harmed and damaged by the Incident of the twentieth of October 2020;
“The memorialization of the Lekki Toll Gate and the twentieth of October going ahead.
“The acknowledgment of Hospitals and Medical Doctors who assumed brave parts following the Incident of the Lekki Toll Gate on the twentieth of October 2020 along these lines saving lives and limiting the effect of the wounds endured by the people in question, a large portion of which were on a free premise;
“The Panel prescribed different amounts of pay to casualties of the Lekki Toll Gate Incident, which should be quick to speed up the recuperating system.
“The Panel suggested that any information that might have been produced throughout the years on the exemption of the Police across Nigeria be examined and conveyed as early notice signs (EWS) component.”
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