The Lagos Panel on Restitution of SARS-Related Abuses and Other Matters has released 48 names of #EndSARS protesters killed or injured at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020.
The names were contained on page 297 of a 309-page report submitted to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State, on Monday.
The 48 casualties extracted from the report obtained by FIJ and listed below include one female, Mabel Nnaji.
Sanwo-Olu commended members of the panel for the work done, adding that posterity would be kind to them. He said the report would be submitted to the National Economic Council (NEC) for proper response and recommendations.
In January, an investigation published by FIJ revealed that at least 20 people died in the aftermath of the October 2020 shooting of youths protesting police brutality. Some of the names earlier revealed by FIJ made Lagos panel’s list. They are highlighted below.
Abuta Solomon, the second name on the panel’s list, had been mentioned in FIJ’s investigation. According to the story, Abuta was encouraged by his brother “to jettison life in their native Mubi North Local Government Area of Adamawa State for the greener pastures of Lagos”.
“Life in the village was tough on Abouta. There was no job; his aged parents had no means of supporting him. But Nathaniel had recently opened a car wash in Lagos. If Abouta could man it, he reasoned, then half his problems were solved. Abouta agreed to come. In June 2019, he made the daylong road trip to Lagos. It turned out to be an appointment with death!” The article reads.
“Abouta joined his brother at Marwa Waterside, Lekki, proving not only a decent manager of the car wash but also a dutiful caregiver to Nathaniel’s kids. In addition, he had a telepathic relationship with his brother. No surprise, therefore, that while Abouta was protesting at the Lekki Toll Gate on the night of October 20, his brother could not concentrate on work because he had ‘a strange feeling and unexplained body weakness’.
“Nathaniel (Abouta’s brother) recalls telling his friends that his body was weak and he didn’t know why. Some 30 minutes after, three people in the neighbourhood ran in to break the sad news [of Abouta’s death].”
OLALEKAN ABIDEEN ASHAFFA
Olalekan Abideen Ashaffa, number 35 on the panel’s list, was the first name revealed in FIJ’s investigation in January. According to the article, had he and his friend “left the tollgate five minutes earlier than they attempted on October 20, both of them would have been alive today. By the time they finally left, it was a little too late.”
His friends told a journalist that disguised as a sympathizer that they were on their way home from Lekki Tollgate on October 2020 when they heard gunshots. “We turned back only to see that Biggie had been gunned down. The soldiers were the ones shooting, so we all scattered,” they said.
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