BY OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos
One of the coordinators of the #EndSARS protests in Lagos yesterday tendered a video which allegedly captured people killed and injured during the protest at the Lekki toll gate before the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution For Victims of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Related Abuses.
The #EndSARs co-ordinator, Serah Ibrahim, who was led in evidence by her lawyer, Olumide Fusika, told the panel presided over by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi that contrary to the claim by the army that they shot into the air, protesters were shot at and many were killed on October 20, 2020.
Ibrahim in her testimony informed the panel that she shot some of the videos clips personally with her iphone.
One after the other, she played the videos which according to her demonstrates that soldiers shot at peaceful protesters on the night of October 20, 2020.
As she played the videos, she explained to the panel that soldiers shot at the harmless protesters and even took away some of the bodies.
She specifically mentioned that of one of the active protesters, Lekan Sanusi, who was thought to be dead and the soldiers took him away. She later found out that he was taken to MRS Hospital at Bonny camp where a nurse helped him to escape.
Serah also played videos of some persons who suffered gunshot wounds from bullets allegedly shot by the military with protesters surrounding them and trying to tend to their wounds.
In one of the videos, the witness also showed the entrance of one of the hospitals that victims were taken to, saying the hospital was overwhelmed.
“That is the entrance of a hospital, there were people all over. They were attending to people at the car park,” Ibrahim said.
When asked by her lawyer if she could authenticate the videos as to the time they were taken and the location, she said anyone could do this using Google drive and proceeded to demonstrate how it could be done.
The videos of two mothers who claimed to have lost their children at the protest ground were also played.
One of the mothers, Ndifreke Sunday, who spoke in a Cross River dialect that was interpreted to the panel by one Ninja Samuel, said, “My child bears Victor Sunday Ikana, their father died and I took care of them. He went to Lagos and had been staying for long, he used to send help (money) to me and his siblings, one boy and three girls.
“On 20th of October, someone called me and said I should call Npoi-ikana. When I called, his phone rang but he did not respond. Then I called his friend, who is also in Lagos,” she said.
The woman said her son’s friend told her that he was shot and killed. She said she was yet to see the corpse and had spent all her savings to get the corpse.
Another woman whose video interview was played at the panel said she picked up the corpse of her son at the shanty near the Lekki toll gate, among other corpses.
“They said people were not killed, but we saw many corpses. We identified my son with the clothes he was wearing,” she said. The panel fixed May 15 for the continuation of her testimony.