Lekki Shooting: #EndSARS Protester Demands N206.5 Million, $50,000 As Compensation From Lagos Pane
The Lagos State Judicial panel on restitution for victims of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) related abuses and other matters continued it’s sitting into petitions on Saturday, February 27, 2021, worldtopnewsng.com report.
In about 4 petitions of the day monitored by worldtopnewsng.com correspondent, involving the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police Force (NPF), the matters were adjourned to enable the hospitals who treated the alleged victims conclude their evidence with the submission of the case notes of victims as exhibits, but due to the non-conclusion of the hospital’s testimony with the necessary documents, the panel adjourned the cases to a date when the information required from the hospitals would be available and counsels would be contacted.
In another petition of the day involving a man identified as Philemon Lucky vs NPF and the Nigerian Army, the petitioner a #EndSARS protester gave his evidence where he stated that he was shot in his left leg on October 20, 2020 shooting by the Nigerian army where live and blank ammunitions was used and had it amputated after spending 32 days in the hospital. He claimed he was shot at about 7-8 pm by the military on the fateful day.
Also, the petitioner stated that he was admitted to the Reddington hospital Lekki at about 9-10 pm the same day, but the counsel through the petitioner case notes obtained from the hospital countered that the petitioner was admitted to the hospital at 11.30 pm after he was shot at, 30 minutes before his admission which questions his testimony of being shot by the military at the Lekki toll plaza.
Worldtopnewsng.com gathered that during cross-examination, the counsel told the petitioner that he claimed to be from Kajuru LG in Kaduna state, but that he is from Plateau state, he then agreed but stated that he grew up in Kaduna state.
In his prayers before the panel, the petitioner a #EndSARS protester is asking the Lagos judicial panel to award him compensation to the tune of $50, 000 for an artificial limb, N1.5 million naira for psychological evaluation, N5 million naira for subsequent medical care and N200 million naira for the inconvenience, loss of limb and to build a new life.
However, the panel adjourned the matter to a date to be communicated to counsels based on the hospital in question that treated the victim supplying the panel with the case notes.
In the petition of Victoria Oniru & 5 others vs the Nigerian army and NPF, a witness, #EndSARS protester and a coordinator at the Lekki tollgate protest ground Dabira Adeyinka narrated how the military stormed the protest ground on the 20th of October, 2020 at about 6.45 pm and fired gunshots into the air and at protesters who were seated on the ground chanting the Nigeria Anthem while waving the flag as advised, allegedly killing and injured many.
The petitioner stated further by analysing how another round of shooting was heard about an hour after. However, the panel adjourned the petition to 20th March 2021 for a cross examination of the witness.
In another petition of Mr Endurance Omonyahuy & Mr Sikiru Amusa vs FSARS, the case was struck out because it was still ongoing before the court of appeal, the panel stated in unambiguous terms that inteferring in the matter would amount to judicial rascality.
However the petition of the family of late Miss Jessica Adeobi Ojide vs Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and Mr Emmanuel Ajomafuwe vs NPF, the petition was adjourned to 19th March, 2021 due to non-service of summons on a critical witness.
In the last petition of the day involving Saliu Akapo Adekunle vs NPF, the petitioner narrated how policemen shot and killed his brother in a gruesome manner at Aradagun area of Badagry on July 12, 2019.
Adekunle expressed how the crisis that resulted in the killing of his brother arose over disputed ownership of the Aradagun land between his family and the Akoanu Zunnu family in which after being awarded ownership of the land through a court judgement, the other party through the police and hoodlums unleashed terror on the town of Aradagun Badagry.
The petitioner noted that apart from seeking compensation is also asking the panel to order a review of the remuneration of police officers to prevent them from being used to dabble into civil matters outside their purview.
However, the panel adjourned the matter to 13th March, 2021 for cross-examination of the petitioner.