Adesina Ogunlana Esq., counsel to some EndSARS protesters in Lagos has insisted the State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu appears before the judicial panel of inquiry investigating the Lekki shooting.
The lawyer said it would be of the essence to summon governor Sanwo-Olu before the panel; since the Army claimed their operation on that day was based on the governor’s demand.
Recall that General Ahmed Taiwo, Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade Victoria Island, Lagos, had professed during a cross-examination that Chief of Army Staff General Tukur Buratai ordered the formation of soldiers at the toll plaza, following a request by the governor.
“He (the governor) called the Chief of Army Staff, following which 81 Division, Nigerian Army was ordered into phase four of internal security operation; the call was in the afternoon, before 4 pm,” Taiwo told the panel.
Consequently, Ogunlana maintained that Governor Sanwo is a factor since the military has mentioned him.
“That person (Sanwo-Olu) will have to come; he’s a factor and he will come. He says he believes in the rule of law, his Attorney General, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), has come to appear before that panel to just make a short speech and to affirm that the Lagos State Government is indeed committed to unraveling the truth about what happened at Lekki on that day; and the military has mentioned him, so, he is a factor.”
Meanwhile, in a written affidavit submitted to the Chairman of the panel, Justice Okuwobi(Rtd.), Ogunlana’s clients [Kamsiyochukwu Perpetual, Dabira Ayuku, and Samuel Isah] stated that protesters were “shot and killed” by men of the Armed forces.
“The doctors refused us access to see the dead bodies. The media man waded in again and we could only see one of the dead bodies whose head was torn by (a) bullet fired to his head. He laid at the emergency unit. The doctor called the corpse ‘John Doe,'” Perpetual said in her affidavit, following what transpired at Reddington Hospital, Lekki, the morning after the shootings.
Similarly, Ayuku noted in her statement under oath, that, “The soldiers were asking people to run whilst they shot at them. I remember a particular soldier that kept dancing whilst he shot.”
Also, Isah said he witnessed policemen gun down a Nigerian youth while he waved the National flag.
He said, “That young man was hit by bullet in his head and died immediately, falling to the road with the Nigerian flag in his hand.”
Isah said he managed to ‘video’ the shootings by soldiers on his mobile device and had submitted two footages to the panel.
Ozoemela Chikwas reporting, Obinwannem News