Mr. Adesina Ogunlana, former Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Ikeja Branch Chairman, who also represented #EndSARS protesters at the Lagos judicial panel, has said that he is quite convinced that military intervention at Lekki tollgate on October 20, 2020, could not have happened without the say so President Muhammadu Buhari and the knowledge of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
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The lawyer, in light of this, called for the resignation of both President Buhari and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
In addition, Mr. Ogunlana also called for the immediate resignation of the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed “for his role in spreading lies and false information about the Lekki Massacre”
Why Buhari Should Be Impeached According To Mr. Ogunlana
Mr. Ogunlana made the demand at a press conference held in Ikeja, Lagos, following the submission of the report to Governor Sanwo-Olu.
The panel in its report stated that the Nigerian Army, Gov. Sanwo-Olu, and the police were complicit in the death of protesters at the Lekki tollgate in 2020.
The 309-page report in its executive summary said: “The panel in its report found that on October 20, 2020, at the Lekki Toll Gate, officers of the Nigerian Army shot, injured and killed unarmed, helpless and defenceless protesters without provocation or justification, while they were waving the Nigerian flag and singing the national anthem and the manner of assault and killing could in context be described as a massacre.
Another part of the report read: “The panel found that there was an invitation of the Nigerian Army to Lagos State made by the Lagos State Government through the governor before the hierarchy of the Nigerian Army deployed its soldiers to the Lekki Toll Gate on the night of October 20.
“The panel found that there was an attempt to cover up the Incident of October 20, by the cleaning of the Lekki Toll Gate and the failure to preserve the scene ahead of potential investigations.”
Mr. Ogunlana said the military couldn’t have acted without clearance from the president and “influence” of the Lagos governor.
“We are convinced beyond doubt that the military personnel who carried out the massacre at the Lekki Toll Gate could not have acted without clearance from the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed forces, general Muhamadu Buhari. We place the blame of the Lekki Massacre at the doorstep of General Buhari and demand his immediate resignation,” he said.
Falana Blast Govt. Lawyers Over Reaction To EndSARS Report
Respected Nigerian lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, has said that government lawyers who are trying to dispute the report of the panel on EndSARS, particularly the Lekki shooting, are “obviously weeping more than the bereaved.”
In a lengthy op-ed on Monday night, Falana said lawyers to the state government at the panel, Jelili Owonikoko and Kayode Enitan, both senior advocates, have consistently spoken against the report, seeking to dwarf its relevance on the basis of alleged inaccuracies.
He claimed the facts the lawyers were trying to dispute had long been acknowledged by the governor himself.
“The Lekki Concession Company Limited, an agency of the Lagos State Government which later disabled the CCTV camera at the Lekki Toll Gate which captured the tragic incident of the night in question, had issued a press statement to condemn the wanton killing of the protesters.
A copy of the press statement was tendered and admitted in evidence during the proceedings.
“In any case, the controversy surrounding the findings of the Commission is centred around the number of the protesters who were killed and not that the killings did not occur.
“But it is on record that a few hours after the incident, Governor Sanwo-Olu had disclosed that two people were killed at the Lekki Toll Gate. The disclosure was made after the governor had visited several injured people who were then receiving treatment in some hospitals.
“It is, therefore, crystal clear that those who are out to discredit the report are obviously weeping more than the bereaved.
“But no amount of campaign of calumny can impeach the solid credentials of members of the Judicial Commission.”
He, therefore, suggested that the Lagos State government was caught off-guard by the findings of the panel which investigated the shooting of protesters by soldiers and policemen at Lekki Toll Gate, October last year. The senior advocate, however, signaled that the state government would see through the implementation of the panel’s recommendations.
He said: “No doubt, the Lagos State government must have been stunned by the findings of the Commission.”
Assuring of implementation, he noted, “Contrary to the antics of the critics of the report of the commission, the Lagos State government has demonstrated its readiness to implement the recommendations.
“It is pertinent to note that while the commission was sitting, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu visited the homes of the six police officers who were killed in Lagos during the protests, paid them N60 million and announced that the state government would educate the children of the slain officers up to university level.
“The widow of a spy policeman who was killed by a mob has equally been compensated by the state government.
“To stop the police from killing participants during peaceful rallies and public meetings, the Lagos State government has equipped the state police command with cannisters of teargas and water cannon.”
In the electronic statement titled, ‘The massacre at the Lekki Toll Gate,’ the human rights advocate warned that no amount of calumny campaign would impeach the integrity and reputation of the panel members.
EndSARs Protester Talks About Attack On Her, Says It Is Because Of Her Activism
Miss Kamsiyochukwu Ibeh, one of the key EndSARS petitioners and witness at the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and other matters has narrated her ordeal in the hands of her assailants who macheted her on Sunday night at Sangotedo in the Ajah area of Lagos.
Kamsiyochukwu on Monday said they targeted her because of her refusal to stop her activism over the October 20, 2020 Lekki Tollgate incident.
According to her lawyer, Mr. Ogunlana, the attack was the latest in a series of threats and attacks faced by #EndSARS petitioners, which forced many of them underground, since the panel was inaugurated in October 2020.
Mr. Ogunlana speaking on the attack on the protester said, “Yesterday night, enemies of the EndSARS Movement and protest launched a murderous attack on one of the leaders of the movement, Kamsiyochukwu Ibeh.
“The attackers were not criminals who came to rob her of personal effects, neither were they rapists. The criminals came with identity and with purpose.
“As they were macheting and cutting her, the three assailants said: ‘We know you. Since you, EndSARS people have been warned to stop and you didn’t, when you die, go and continue in heaven.’
“They inflicted serious machete cuts on her and left her. That Kamsi is still alive is only by the grace of God.”
The lawyer accused unnamed “agents of the government” of being responsible for the attack.
“They have failed and will continue to fail in their desperate tyranny,” he added.
He declined to name the hospital where Ibeh was, but added that she was recuperating.