EndSARS: Reopening Lekki Tollgate Insensitive to memories of those who died -Panel member

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Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, the representative of civil society on the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged killing of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate, has faulted the reopening of the tollgate, THE PUNCH reports.

He explained that reopening the Lekki tollgate is insensitive to those who died.

The lawyer made his position known while giving his dissenting opinion on an application by Lekki Concession Company to take over toll plazas one and two for insurance claims and to maintain security threat.

Scores of the report have shown that soldiers opened live ammunition on some #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll plaza on October 20, 2020, leaving many injured and dead.

A panel set up by the Lagos State government was set up to look into the killings. The panel also stopped Lekki Concession Company, the operators, from operating at the tollgate.

The LCC through its counsel has been praying the panel to allow it to take over the plaza for repair and insurance claims since December 2020.

But the panel turned down the prayer on the ground that forensic experts have been paid by the state government to examine the tollgate with respect to the shooting incident.

However, during the panel sitting on Saturday, February 6, 2021, the panel chairperson Justice Doris Okwuobi (rtd), approved the reopening of the toll gate after the company’s counsel argued that “LCC is the only entity that has had its hand-tied, despite the huge financial loss it has suffered and not been able to carry out its business since the incident took place.”

The approval was heavily contended by members as four members of the panel including the youth representatives disagreed with the ruling.

that four out of the nine members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing alleged killing of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate faulted the report of the forensic experts hired to comb the scene for evidence.

The four members who faulted the forensic report also rejected the application by the Lekki Concession Company, operator of the Lekki tollgate, to take possession of the facility, which had been shut down since the probe of the shootings started.

The four members who rejected the forensic report are the two representatives of the civil society – Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) and Ms. Patience Udoh; as well as the two youth representatives on the panel – Rinu Oduala and Temitope Majekodunmi.

But the chairman of the panel, retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, and four other members of the panel acceded to LCC’s request to repossess the tollgate.

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