The Lagos State judicial panel investigating the #EndSARS LekkiTollGate shooting was on Friday halted from getting entrance into the Military Hospital in Ikoyi by Soldiers at the gate.
According to The Cable news report, the Panel who arrived at the hospital unannounced in their bid to investigate the shooting at the Lekki tollgate where 15 protesters were allegedly murdered.
There have been denials and half-truth admittance by the Nigerian Army since the gruesome attack happened but, some witnesses of the Lekki shooting have accused the military of taking away the bodies of those killed in the incident.
A member of the Panel, Ebun Adegboruwa said that they met resistance at the gate of the hospital after he told the soldiers manning the gate their mission.
He told the soldier that the panel came to the hospital because of the intelligence it received that may help its investigation.
“The facility is relevant to our investigation. We have a pathologist. We are here on the authority of the president, not only the governor,” he said.
“We are following due process, and it is important we visit the mortuary as it will help our findings.
“If we are not allowed access, we will go back and take other actions. We won’t force ourselves in. We have confidential information that the military hospital here is relevant in the investigation of the Lekki event. We heard this hospital is controlled by 65 battalions and under the 81 division. We are also taking steps to reach military authorities.”
It was learnt that the soldiers ordered Journalists to leave the hospital premises even as one of the soldiers threatened that”things will get dirty” if they refused.
Meanwhile, Adegboruwa said the panel has no evidence to prove if there are bodies of youths killed at the tollgate in the hospital but, the panel decided to be at the facility just to verify.
He assured that the panel will continue its work until it gets to the truth of the matter.
Despite the presence of Doris Okuwobi, a retired justice and chairperson of the panel who arrived minutes later, the military did not allow the panel access to its facility.
The Army’s 81 division spokesperson, Olaniyi Osoba was not available for comment.
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