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Soldiers Stop Lagos Judicial Panel From Accessing Military Mortuary

Soldiers Stop Lagos Judicial Panel From Accessing Military
Mortuary
Soldiers manning the gate at the Military Hospital in Ikoyi
have stopped the Lagos judicial panel on #EndSARS from
accessing the hospital’s mortuary.
The panel, unannounced, on Friday went to the hospital on
investigation into the shooting at Lekki tollgate where 15
protesters were reportedly killed.
Some witnesses of the Lekki shooting accused the military
of taking away the bodies of those killed in the incident.
The panel met resistance as it got to the gate of the
hospital.
Ebun Adegboruwa, a member of the panel, told the soldiers,
who stopped them at the gate, that the panel came to the
hospital 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 dues 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 65 battalion, and under the 81
division. We are also taking steps to reach military
authorities.”
Adegboruwa said though the panel does not have evidence
that there are bodies of those killed at the tollgate in the
hospital, it was at the facility to verify the claim that they
were.
He also said the panel will continue its work until it gets to
the truth of the matter.
Journalists were also asked to leave the hospital premises
while one of the soldiers threatened that “things will get
dirty” if they refused.
Despite the presence of Doris Okuwobi, a retired justice and
chairperson of the panel who arrived minutes later, the
military did not allow the panel access to its facility.
Olaniyi Osoba, spokesperson of army’s 81 division in Lagos,
was not immediately available for comment over the
matter.
Earlier, the panel visited the tollgate where Yomi
Omomuwansa, managing director of Lekki Concession
Company (LCC), took the panel on a tour of the facility.

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