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#EndSARS: Lagos Panel To Hear Petitions Against Military Despite Their Absence


File photo of members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution at a sitting in Lekki.

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of SARS and other related matters on Saturday said petitions against the Nigerian Army will go on despite their absence yet again.

Counsel to some victims of #EndSARS protests, Yinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN) told the panel that he has an application to bring some witnesses to testify before the panel.

The witnesses will counter the testimony of the army personnel, Brigadier-General Ahmed Ibrahim Taiwo, the Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade in Victoria Island, Lagos who had earlier testified before the panel before the military stopped attending the proceedings.

The panel has adjourned till March 20 to hear the testimony of the witnesses.

The panel then moved on to listen to the testimony of a petitioner, Lucky Philemon who said he was shot at the Lekki toll gate protest on the night of October 20, 2020.

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His cross-examination by counsel to the state government was stalled when the panel realised that the medical records of the petitioner were not in evidence before the panel.

The panel then adjourned all cases involving all Lekki toll gate victims who got treatments at various hospitals to a date to be communicated to their counsel. The panel did this so it could access the medical records from Reddington and other hospitals.

Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi said the hospitals will be contacted and their medical records subpoenaed. After this, all cases connected to the hospitals were adjourned.





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