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Lagos panel admits autopsy reports of ’99 persons killed’ during #EndSARS protests

Lagos panel admits autopsy reports of ’99 persons killed’ during #EndSARS protests
July 10
21:13 2021

The Lagos judicial panel has admitted the reports of post-mortem examination conducted on 99 corpses recovered in the state during the #EndSARS protest.

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On June 5, John Obafunwa, chief pathologist at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), told the panel that 99 corpses were received at the state morgue between October 20 and 24, 2020.

Obafunwa also noted that three of the corpses, which were male, came from the Lekki axis of the state, while the remaining 96 came from other parts of the state including Surulere, Ikorodu, Ajah, Fagba, among others.

Yinka Olumide-Fusika, a counsel to some #EndSARS protesters, had said the pathologist’s report that only three dead bodies were brought in from Lekki is not true.

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The panel then ordered that the pathologist should produce the post-mortem examination reports to verify his testimony.

At the panel’s sitting on Saturday, the reports were admitted as evidence.

Other counsels at the panel did not raise any objection towards the admittance of the documents.

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The matter was adjourned to July 13, 2021, for further hearing.

In October 2020, Nigerians across the country took to the streets to protest against police brutality.

On October 20, soldiers invaded the Lekki tollgate, where some demonstrators had gathered, and fired shots.

There has been a controversy around the casualty figures since the incident occurred.

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