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We have the footage of Lekki shootings, LCC claims

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Management of the Lekki Concession Company, LCC, on Friday told the Lagos State Judicial Judicial Panel of Inquiry for Restitution for Victims of SARS and related abuses and Other Matters that the footage of the October 20 shootings of the #EndSARS protesters by the Nigerian Army is available.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gbolahan Agboluwaje, the Head of the Legal Department of LCC, made the revelation after Abayomi Omomuwa, the Managing Director of LCC had been

Abayomi Omomuwa, the Managing Director of Lekki Concession Company, LCC, taking oath to testify before the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Friday

sworn-in to give evidence before the panel.

Mr Agboluwaje said that the LCC received a summons from the panel on Wednesday, Oct. 28, to appear before it and was also ordered to present the October 20 footage, an investigation report and any other document.

“We have the footage. We do not have an investigation report because we know that investigations are ongoing and we have not been able to provide any document,” he said.

He, however, noted that the LCC was prepared to air the footage before the panel and that there are hours of recordings on the  CCTV footage.

“We had a very short notice and we brought what we were able to lay our hands on,” he said.

Mr Agboluwaje told the panel that due to the short notice of the summoning, the Managing Director, MD, of LCC, Mr  Omomuwa, would  not be able to testify because the company was yet to hire an external counsel to represent the MD.

Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN) announced his appearance as the counsel representing the Lagos State Government.

Responding, the Chairman of the nine-man panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi (Rtd), granted Agboluwaje’s request for a short adjournment.

Justice Okuwobi noted that the programme of the day for the panel was to visit  the locus (scene of the Lekki Shooting)  and to have proceedings based on their findings from the visit.

“We were initially to take note of what we see at the locus and today’s proceedings was to be subsequent to what we see there.

“The panel will arise very shortly to visit the locus. The panel noted that it is required of the witness to have a counsel of his choice. We will not take the proceedings of the visit of the locus until then,” she said.

NAN reports that as at the time of filing this report, the panel had briefly risen to visit and inspect the Lekki Toll Plaza, the scene of the Oct. 20 shooting.

The panel is expected to reconvene to hear other petitions after its return from the visit to the tollgate.


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