Lekki Killings: Lagos #EndSARS panel denied access for minutes to assess dead bodies


The Lagos State judicial panel of inquiry into brutality and high handedness by the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), was stopped for about 30 minutes from gaining access into the Military Hospital in Ikoyi by soldiers on Friday, October 30.

Kemi Filani News gathered that panel paid an uninformed visit to the morgue for some assessment. However, they were faced with some resistance from the military as they got to the hospital.

The judicial team are said to be investigating the shooting at Lekki tollgate where 15 protesters were reportedly killed. According to various eyewitnesses who accused the military officers of taking away the bodies.

Ebun Adegboruwa, one of the members of the panel told the soldiers that they came because it had intelligence that might help with its investigation.

“The facility is relevant to our investigation. We have a pathologist. We are here on the authority of the president, not only the governor,” he said.
“We are following due process, and it is important we visit the mortuary as it will help our findings.
“If we are not allowed access, we will go back and take other actions. We won’t force ourselves in. We have confidential information that the military hospital here is relevant in the investigation of the Lekki event. We heard this hospital is controlled by the 65 battalion and under the 81 division. We are also taking steps to reach military authorities.”

“We are exercising our mandate on behalf of the governor of Lagos State under the tribunal of inquiry laws.
“We have already inspected the Lekki toll gate today and 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 are waiting for them to grant us access to inspect the mortuary because we have reasons to believe that that facility is relevant to our investigation.
“We don’t want to make any conclusions yet until we have access to that mortuary to inspect it.
“We have a pathologist with us who is here to help us conduct medical examination of bodies we may find in the mortuary.”

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