#EndSARS: Pathologist Reportedly Presents Photos Of 99 Bodies Of Protesters Killed In Lekki, Other Parts Of Lagos
According to PeopleGazette, chief pathologist, John Obafunwa who carried out an autopsy on the bodies said to be of slain #EndSARS protesters presented it to the panel.
Mr Obafunwa reportedly said the bodies were recovered across the state during the protest that called for an end to police brutality and extrajudicial killings in October 2020.
Although the Federal and state government as well as the military have not admitted to the death of protesters at Lekki toll gate, several persons were reported dead or missing after the military attack of many protesters at the largest point of the protest in Lagos state.
Since the heavily condemned incident, there has been conflicting information about the details of the event including the identity of the shooters.
Eyewitnesses’ accounts through videos and images shared online showed that men dressed in army uniform were at the scene of the increment and were the shooters.
However, Defence Headquarters spokesman, John Enenche denied both allegations, saying the videos may have been ‘photoshopped’.
In another conflicting account, Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu during an interview with CNN reporter, Becky Anderson, admitted that soldiers were at the tollgate on Tuesday.
Nigerian Army in another reaction issued by Brigadier General Ahmed Taiwo, Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, Lagos State, revealed that soldiers deployed to Lekki toll gate had both live and blank ammunition in their possession.
The General said a portion of the troops that operated at the tollgate on that night were indeed armed with live bullets.
He, however, maintained that only soldiers with blank bullets fired shots into the air.
However, according to latest development, the publication stated that photos presented to the audience via a display unit indicated that some of the bodies had bruises while others had deep cuts resulting from machete attack or high caliber gunshot wounds.
Three of the bodies were confirmed to be from l Lekki tollgate where soldiers opened gunfire on the protesters, shortly after Sanwo-Olu announced a 24-hour curfew in the state.
Sanwo-Olu who spoke with CNN after the incident initially said no life was lost, but later claimed that only two persons died.
Amnesty International also reported that at least 10 civilians were shot dead by Nigerian troops deployed against protesters in the upscale Lagos neighbourhood.