Altercation, as counsel argue over CCTV footage of Lekki tollgate #EndSARS protest

Altercation, as counsel argue over CCTV footage of Lekki tollgate #EndSARS protest

An altercation ensued on Friday at the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for Restitution for Victims of SARS and Related Abuses, as lawyers, representing the Lagos State and #EndSARS protesters, tried to convince the panel as to what to watch in a Closed Circuit Television footage tendered before it as evidence.

 

Mr Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), counsel to the Lagos State Government, wanted the panel to watch only portions of the 24-hour footage relevant to its assignment, while Mr Adesina Ogunlana, his counterpart, representing #EndSARS protesters, insisted that the entire footage must be watched.

 

The footage was a recording of events at the Lekki Tollgate, Lagos, on Oct. 20 where some protesters were allegedly shot to death.

 

Counsel to the Lekki Concession Company (LCC), managers of the tollgate, tendered the footage when the LCC Managing Director, Mr Abayomi Omomuwasi, took the witness stand and it was admitted as exhibit by the nine-man panel headed by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi.

 

The panel ruled, however, that the entire footage would be watched.

 

The footage, which started playing from 12 a.m. of Oct. 20 showed dark scenery at the beginning with vehicles parked around the tollgate plaza and large clusters of #EndSARS protesters milling around the area.

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