By Henry Okonkwo
A Lagos resident, Olamilekan Sanusi, has revealed that he saw soldiers open fire on demonstrators at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020 before carrying their bodies into their vans.
Sanusi revealed this on Saturday when giving his testimony at the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses.
He claimed that he counted at least 10 people who were killed in the shootings.
He said, “I saw men of the Nigerian Army. Later when they said we should sit on the floor, I saw a military man and I saw protesters carrying lifeless bodies to the military men’s feet.
“Later on, I counted 10 people at the feet of the military men, they were not moving, they were lifeless. Later on, I saw them carrying people close to Diamond Bank, they were packing bodies and putting them in the van.
“An officer said he was acting according to the directive of ‘power beyond him’. He came on the stage and pleaded that we go home.
“The officer requested that we nominate five representatives among ourselves to discuss with him. But the protesters refused.
“After coming down from the stage, I think he left and the shootings began again.
“Then three military men came to the stage, destroying things, scattering mixers, poles and speakers, then they pushed some speakers on me. I fell, I could not move but I could hear what people were talking.
“I woke up at a military hospital and was later referred to Marina General Hospital. The person that brought me there told me that six protesters were in the hospital and I was in a coma for seven hours.”