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Lagos SARS Panel: Why we cannot present exhibits now: LCC

“We have the footage. We do not have an investigation report,” said LCC legal chief

• October 30, 2020
snapshot from footage of soldiers shooting the Lekki protesters.
A snapshot from footage of soldiers shooting the Lekki protesters

The Management of the Lekki Concession Company (LCC), operators of Lekki Toll Plaza where Nigerians were killed by the army during an #EndSARS protest has explained why the company was unable to provide exhibits requested by the Lagos State judicial panel investigating the incident

The company’s legal chief, Gbolahan Agboluwaje, told the panel that the could not present documents requested by the panel due to short notice.

Mr. Agboluwaje said that the LCC received a summon from the panel on Wednesday, October 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.

Responding, the Chairman of the nine-man panel, Doris Okuwobi, granted Mr. 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.

As at the time of filing this report, the panel had briefly risen to visit and inspect the Lekki Toll Plaza.

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


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