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Lekki massacre: Lagos State lawyer impeaches report findings, says report in the public domain draft of a minority opinion

The Lagos State Government’s lawyer, Abiodun Owonikoko, SAN, has impeached some of the conclusions and findings in the Report of The Lagos EndSARS judicial panel of inquiry, stating that they are not derived from available evidence before the panel.

The senior advocate also faulted the panel for making the report a public document.

Owonikoko, who represented the state during the sitting of the investigative EndSARS judicial panel, said this on Arise TV on Thursday, claiming that there are at least 40 discrepancies between evidence before the panel and the conclusions drawn.

It will be recalled that the panel had in its findings concluded that the Nigeria Police and soldiers of the Nigerian Army intentionally killed and maimed or assaulted at least 48 protesting unarmed youths at the scene.

The 309-page report titled, ‘Report of Lekki Incident Investigation Of 20th October 2020, indicated that there was a “massacre in context” at the Lekki tollgate on October 20, 2020. It also indicted Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Lekki Concession Company.

“By law, the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the panel were not supposed to be made public. The report making rounds on social media is a draft of a minority opinion because I was there all through the proceedings,” Owonikoko said.

“I am particularly shocked to read what is contained in the report because it is not completely accurate. I sighted over 40 discrepancies in this report, including awarding N15 million to someone who was a witness to a police brutality incident that had nothing to do with the Lekki incident. What kind of report is that?

“All the evidence we were able to gather during the proceedings, none of them could be fully established.

“The mistake made by the government was not setting up an entirely different panel to look into the Lekki incident because there are some members of the panel that are protagonists in the case against the Police. They were not supposed to be a part of it.”

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