Richard Ginika Izuora
The Lekki Concession Company (LCC), operators of the Lekki toll gate, on Tuesday, November 3, submitted video footage recorded by its surveillance camera on the night of October 20, 2020, when soldiers allegedly opened fire on #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate.
Managing Director of LCC, Abayomi Omomuwa who submitted the video footage to the Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Lagos State Government to probe the Lekki shootings as well as complaints of human rights abuses against members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, said the camera stopped working by 8pm.
Tendering the video footage to the panel, Omomuwa said, “I can confirm that inside here is the video footage that our surveillance camera was able to record for the 20th of October.”
Explaining why the camera stopped working, he said, “The major cause is because of the network.”
“I can confirm categorically we never, ever, tampered with the surveillance camera. That is why we can get the footage.
“It remained there until about 8 pm when it was tampered with and we couldn’t get anything.”
In the course of the proceedings, the Judicial Panel of Inquiry declined the request by the operators of the tollgate; LCC, to “take back possession” of the tollgate.
This was the ruling by the Chairman of the panel, retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, who said the tollgate plaza would remain closed.
The judge said the panel might have a need to pay another visit to the tollgate plaza; after watching the video footage from a surveillance camera submitted by the LCC on Tuesday.
Counsel for LCC, Rotimi Seriki, had urged the panel to allow the firm to “take possession” of the tollgate plaza; to evaluate the level of damage for the purpose of insurance claims.
Seriki was reinforcing an earlier request at the proceeding by Omomuwa, who said save for last Friday when he led the panel on a visit to the toll plaza, the place had been inaccessible to LCC management.
Reinforcing Omomuwa’s request, LCC lawyer, Seriki, said, “My humble request is that if the tribunal doesn’t have further need to visit the plaza; the LCC should be permitted to take back possession of the toll plaza; for the purpose of evaluation of the damage; and commence the process of carrying out necessary repairs.”
The panel chairman encouraged LCC to make the application; after the panel must have watched the video footage submitted by the firm.