Lekki Shooting: #EndSARS Lawyer Insists Sanwo-Olu Must Appear Before Panel


Adesina Ogunlana, a counsel for some #EndSARS protesters in Lagos State, has called on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State to appear before the Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged killing of peaceful protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20.

Recall that the Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, Lagos, Brigadier General Ahmed Taiwo, had told the panel last Saturday that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai ordered the deployment of soldiers to the tollgate and other parts of the state following a request by Sanwo-Olu.

“He (the governor) called the Chief of Army Staff, following which 81 Division, Nigerian Army was ordered into phase four of internal security operation; the call was in the afternoon, before 4pm,” Taiwo said.

Speaking to The Punch, Ogunlana said since the military has revealed that they were invited by Governor Sanwo-Olu it would be important for the governor to appear before the panel.

He insisted that the governors’ appearance was important to the case of his clients.

On whether he would be pushing for Sanwo-Olu’s appearance, Ogunlana said, “Of course, that is taken (sic). That person (Sanwo-Olu) will have to come; he’s a factor and he will come. He says he believes in the rule of law, his Attorney General, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), has come to appear before that panel to just make a short speech and to affirm that the Lagos State Government is indeed committed to unraveling the truth about what happened at Lekki on that day; and the military has mentioned him, so, he is a factor.”


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