The judge adjourned till January 30 for the appearance of the Army and their lawyer. “If the Military is dodging, the gentleman lawyer must not be allowed to dodge. Neither the summoned officers of the Nigerian Army nor their legal representative, Akinlolu Kehinde, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), appeared before the panel on Saturday. Mr Ogunsanya said he informed the counsel for the Army of the proceedings and several petitions against the Nigerian Army. #EndSARS Protester Tattoos Date Of Lekki Tollgate Shooting On His Chest (Photo) A Nigerian man, Uyi, has tattooed the date of the Lekki tollgate shooting on his chest, IgbereTV reports. The Nigerian Army again failed to appear before the Lagos Judicial Panel on Saturday. “That one he appeared in is yet to be concluded. The third summon was issued and served on Brigadier General Francis Ogbaje Omata. The American cable network also unveiled the identity of a protester who reportedly died on the night of the shootings. Onesoul who also claimed to be present at the Lekki toll plaza at the time of shooting, noted that it’s wrong to term the incident “massacre” as he did not witness any death. A young Nigerian man identified as Uyi, has tattooed the date of the Lekki tollgate shooting on his body. 21st October 2020 He recently got a tattoo that speaks about the shooting incident at the tollgate which happened on Tuesday, October 20. That marked the second time the Army would not be appearing. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. var adx_adsvr_adspace_id="3985"; It’s the third time they’ve failed to honour the summons of the panel for officers involved in the shooting to explain what happened at the Lekki toll gate on the 20th of October 2020. Their officers were not also present on December 12, the previously adjourned date, PREMIUM TIMES reported. On January 8, the last adjournment of the proceeding, S. O Bello, the Officer that led the 65 Batallion that went to Lekki Toll Gate, Godwin Umelo, the General Officer (GOC), 81 Division and Francis Omata, a Brigadier General, all failed to appear before the panel. He, as counsel, owes a duty to come before this panel, if for any reason, he is no longer proceeding in that proceeding. Uyi, who was one of the youths who protested against police brutality, recently got a tattoo that commemorated the shooting incident at the tollgate which happened on Tuesday, October 20. We still need them. She said even though the panel’s the lawyer contacted Mr Kehinde, notifying him of the proceedings, he still failed to appear for the Army. Recall the Nigeria army denied shooting live ammunition at protesters at the Lekki toll plaza on the said date, a claim international media, CNN reported as untrue in a report showing evidence of casings of live ammunition fired at the scene. The #EndSARS protest, a campaign against police brutality and for the reform of the police, has been holding in different states of Nigeria for more than two weeks. It said the footage from Lekki toll gate of alleged shooting during the End SARS crisis which instigated that there was mass killing was false. Adeshina Ogunlana, counsel to some #EndSars protesters said that the panel should summon the counsel for the Nigerian Army to give explanations on why his clients have refused to appear before the panel despite several summonses. “He didn’t represent individuals, he represents the Nigerian Army and all those three persons the witness statements were filed to say what the Nigerian Army feels. Lekki Shooting. ... Stay up-to-date. He insisted that if the military is trying to avoid the panel, the learned counsel should not. When colonel Taiwo gave his evidence, he then decided that he was not going to call the other persons he filed for. Perhaps, my Lord will give alternative orders to serve the Nigerian Army. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Breaking: No arrest, Sunday Igboho meets police commissioner [Video], Fulani herdsmen: Olubadan sends important message to Nigerians, Sunday Igboho: 8 quick facts of a war monger, Fulani leaders to Igangan people: We are sorry, Apostle Suleman in messy sex scandal; IGP orders probe, Herdsmen: High Court bans open grazing, Akeredolu rules effective tomorrow, Sunday Igboho breaks silence over IGP's order for his arrest, Herders' menace: Alaafin's warning that Buhari ignored [Flashback]. “Summons was sent to Colonel Bello. ... Jan 18 date stands — Education Ministry. He also aligned himself with Mr.Ogunlana’s request that a summon should be served on the army counsel to give explanations on his client’s absence. Learn how your comment data is processed. COVID-19: Sanwo-Olu Orders All Schools to Reopen, Releases New Date. Mrs. Okuwobi said it behooves Mr. Kehinde to assist the panel in achieving the task of investigating the Lekki Shooting incident to avoid issues of denial of fair hearing that might arise when the panel’s report is submitted to the government. The judge said if the Army does not present its defence, the cases of the petitioners will be uncontested. Get up to N1.5 million in the Geely pre-sales offer. Speaking on the status of the summons sent to the Army officers, Jonathan Ogunsanya, counsel to the panel, said the army officers including Colonel Bello were issued summoned. Mr Ogunsanya said he served the Nigerian Army and officers involved but none of them appeared before the panel for the Saturday’s proceeding. By Ngere Davies On Oct 23, 2020. ... 2021, resumption date. But surely, we are summoning the military, police and everybody relevant to our probe. For the third time since hearing began over the Lekki Shooting incident, the Nigerian Army has failed to honour the summons issued to its officers by the panel investigating the event. The most authoritative source of information concerning the shooting is Nigerian disc jockey, DJ Switch. Rotimi Seriki, the counsel to the Lekki Consession Company (LCC), the company in charge of the Lekki Toll plaza, has prayed the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry to give LCC access to the plaza. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Photos of an Army commander alleged to be the mastermind behind the Lekki Toll Gate Shooting has emerged on social media. On the last hearing date, Justice Doris Okuwobi ordered that fresh summons are served to Colonel S. O Bello, Major General Godwin Umelo, General Officer (GOC), 81 Division, and Brigadier General Francis Omata through their counsel, Akinlolu Kehinde SAN. “We also spoke to the lead counsel on record for the Nigerian Army, A.T Kehinde SAN, informing the learned silk of the proceedings and he said we should serve the Army directly, which we did,” he said. “It behoves on counsel (Mr Kehinde) to come and explain before this honourable court or give an explanation of the situation of the failure of his clients to responding to the Summons of the panel.”. “Mr Kehinde already filed (a) witness statement before the panel, maybe three or four. var adx_nid="13"; All content is Copyrighted © 2020 The Premium Times, Nigeria, Our website uses cookies. CNN Lekki Shooting Investigation Video proved that the Nigerian army used live bullets on protesters during its intervention in the #EndSARS protests in Lekki, Lagos State. Premium Times newspaper’s investigative team set out to unravel what actually happened on the evening of October 20, at Lekki Toll gate, during the shooting and the hours that followed. “In respect, it is hereby ordered that the counsel for the panel shall issue a letter to learned silk, Mr. A.T Kehinde, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, to appear before the panel at the next adjourned date to explain why he would not conclude the case of the Nigerian Army. Despite, the global outrage that followed the shooting of #ENDSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate the Nigerian Army has consistently denied culpability in the death of at least 10 protesters according to Amnesty International who were shot with live ammunition on October 20. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 20:30 2020. Visit our. The judge, Dorris Okuwobi, also asked whether he attached the petition of victims of Lekki shooting to the Summons sent to the Nigerian Army and the counsel confirmed. “In that respect, it is hereby ordered that the counsel for the panel shall issue a letter to learned silk, Mr A.T Kehinde, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, to appear before the panel at the next adjourned date to explain why he would not conclude the case of the Nigerian Army. Here are our 10 biggest takeaways. The Lekki Toll plaza where the October 20, 2020, shooting incident occurred, had been closed for business but open to vehicular movement. var adx_custom=""; Movie director, Ideh Chukwuma Innocent popularly known as Onesoul, has stated that he did not see any dead bodies at the Lekki shooting scene on Tuesday, October 20th. 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However, the case was adjourned till January 30 so the army and their lawyer can appear. The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS related abuses and other matters Friday fixed January 8 to hear a petition by a … Protesters and other witnesses at the toll gate claimed several people were injured and killed … The Lekki Toll plaza where the October 20, 2020, shooting incident occurred, had been closed for business but open to vehicular movement. The Federal Government says popular disc jockey, Obianuju Catherine Udeh, fondly referred to as DJ Switch, “will be exposed” soon over her claims on the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters by … Lekki shootings: DJ Switch will be exposed soon, says Lai Mohammed. End SARS: 15 victims of Lekki shooting, bereaved families storm Lagos panel [PHOTOS/VIDEO] ... Court fixes date for proceedings against Dan-Galadima over failure to produce Maina’s son, Faisal. Mrs. Okuwobi said it behooves Mr. Kehinde to assist the panel in achieving the task of investigating the Lekki Shooting incident to avoid issues of denial of fair hearing that might arise when the panel’s report is submitted to the government. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State consoles a victim of the Lekki Toll Gate shooting at a hospital in Lagos. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. “The difficulties the panel now experiences is having Mr Kehinde explain to the panel why those summoned by the panel are not attending proceeding, this is creating undue delay in the investigation of the Lekki event of October 20, 2020. AT about 6:45 p.m. on October 20, men in military uniform arrived at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos in three Toyota Hilux vans and almost immediately began shooting into a crowd of peaceful protesters gathered there waving the Nigerian green-and-white flag and reciting the national anthem. “If the Military is dodging, the gentleman lawyer must not be allowed to dodge. Subscribe to the ICIR Newsletter. image caption Those injured at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos shooting are being treated in hospital. Lekki shooting: Army bows to pressure, announces date to appear before Lagos panel Friday, November 06, 2020 Fashola MC POSCABA 0 Latest News in Nigeria A + A - “The difficulty the panel now experiences is having Mr. Kehinde explain to the panel why those summoned by the panel are not attending proceedings, this is creating an undue delay in the investigation of the Lekki event of October 20, 2020. Print This Article. Olukayode Enitan, the lawyer holding brief for the Lagos state government, also alligned himself with the positions of Messrs Fusika and Adeshina. The third summon was issued and served on Brigadier General Francis Ogbaje Omata. He should come back before this panel and give (an) explanation. The Nigerian Army, first on the cause list of the panel for Saturday’s proceedings, did not present any witness. Obianuju Catherine Udeh professionally known as DJ Switch, has revealed that soldiers, who shot at peaceful #ENDSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, on October 20, 2020, revealed that they were sent to the protest ground on orders from above. They are guilty as charged. “There is a clear legal issue, A.T Kehinde had clearly said that he is no longer representing the Nigerian Army. The Lekki Toll plaza where the October 20, 2020, shooting incident occurred, had been closed for business but open to vehicular movement. I am not saying we are not to further serve the Nigerian Army. However, the case was adjourned till January 30 so the army and their lawyer can appear. Justice Doris Okuwobi the chairperson of the panel, said the non-appearance of the Nigerian Army is causing a delay in the panel’s proceeding. Following shooting of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, ambulances that responded to calls were turned back by soldiers. DJ Switch, a popular female Disc Jockey, who went live during the shooting of protesters at Lekki toll gate, has finally broken silence following the incident. Lekki Shooting: Again, Nigerian Army ignores Summons at Judicial Panel Though the panel's lawyer contacted Mr Kehinde notifying him of the proceedings, he still failed to appear. BY Nicholas IBEKWE. At today’s proceedings, Counsel to the panel, Jonathan Ogunsanya confirmed that summons were sent to three army officers. Mrs Okuwobi said it behoves on Mr Kehinde to assist the panel in achieving the task of investigating the Lekki Shooting incident to avoid issues of denial of fair hearing that might arise when the panel’s report is submitted to the government. “We also spoke to the lead counsel on record for the Nigerian Army, A.T Kehinde SAN, informing the learned silk of the proceedings and he said we should serve the Army directly, which we did,” he said. CNN published damning evidences it had gathered about the Lekki toll gate shooting. Olumide Fusika, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria who appeared before the panel said that every petition against the Nigerian Army should be compiled and served on them, and when the petitions come up, they are expected to appear. Mr Enitan said there is a misunderstanding as there are two strains of proceedings relating to the Nigerian Army, one in which Mr Kehinde appeared in to represent the Nigerian Army. By continuing to use this website you are giving consent to cookies being used. To mark the one month anniversary of the unfortunate incident, Uyi posted a photo of the tattoo on his … “I must reiterate and state that this is a fact-finding panel and not a regular court where counsels can decide the choice of witnesses they want to present in their case. Outrage is a befitting word to describe the reactions of Nigerians to the alleged shooting of unarmed EndSars protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza on Tuesday 20th October by soldiers of the Nigerian Army, never mind the fact they (the protesters) were defying the curfew order of the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, a subject for discussion on another date. A Nigerian man, Uyi, has tattooed the date of the Lekki tollgate shooting on his chest, IgbereTV reports. Enter your email address and receive notifications of news by email. The army failed to present the officers involved in the shooting. 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The Lekki shooting: Checking facts. “It behooves on counsel (Mr. Kehinde) to come and explain before this honorable court or give an explanation of the situation of the failure of his clients to responding to the Summons of the panel.”. “The Nigerian Army has been magnanimous in appearing before the panel, they should be encouraged to fulfill all righteousness by presenting their version of the incident of October 20 to refute the claims now made against them,” she said. “We sent to Godwin Umelo, at the General Office, 81 Division, it was sent by way of DHL. In fact, she livestreamed the shooting on Instagram with thousands watching in shock, fearing for her life. WITHIN NIGERIA reports that on the 20th of October 2020, the world was left stunned as military men stormed the Lekki Toll Plaza to shoot at unarmed #EndSARS protesters. Army pipo wey dey armed true true kill #EndSARS protesters for Lekki toll gate shooting for Lagos, Nigeria House of Representatives Speaker don confam. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The DFRLab used four videos to geolocate the shooting to the Lekki toll gate. “He is entitled to say he doesn’t want to call them, but the tribunal is entitled too, we need this person to come, even though you are not interested, we need them to come to the tribunal. It marks the third time the army has failed to appear before the panel having snubbed attendance on December 12, 2020, January 8, 2021, and today, January 23, 2021, despite being served to summon. Saturday, January 23, 2021 7:23 pm | Nigeria News | 1 Comment(s). “We have served and served his chambers, spoken with him on the phone. Apparently because he feels this is a court. var adx_adsvr_adspace_vAppRoot="https://ads.dochase.com/adx-dir-d/"; Assuming that is correct, every further effort made at securing his presence before this Tribunal will have any legal backing. Switch was live at the scene of the shooting the moment soldiers stormed Lekki toll gate and began shooting at protesters. They can ignore invitation to appear at the Judicial panel of enquiry but can’t escape the indictment of ICC ( international criminal court). The officers are a Lieutenant Colonel of the 81 Division, S.O Bello, who led the battalion involved in the Lekki shooting, and Godwin Umelo, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 81 Division. Adeshina Ogunlana, counsel to some victims of Lekki shooting, urged the panel to summon the counsel for the Nigerian Army to give explanations on why his clients have refused to appear before the panel despite several summons. He should come back before this panel and give (an) explanation. 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