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Camera at Lekki toll gate: Fashola should appear before panel – End SARS protesters’ lawyer

An End SARS protesters’ lawyer, Adesina Ogunlana, on Friday asked the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry to summon the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.

The panel is probing the alleged killing of protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate on October 20.

Ogunlana told the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel that Fashola must be summoned, to explain how he found a camera at the tollgate five days after the incident.

According to him, the visit to the tollgate “suggests an intrusion” into the evidence of the shootings.

Ogunlana said this while cross-examining the Managing Director of the Lekki Concession Company (LCC), operator of the Lekki tollgate, Abayomi Omomuwa.

He asked Omomuwa if he was aware that “on October 25, the Governor of Lagos State brought some persons to visit the tollgate?” to which, Omomuwa said he only read it in the news.

Then Ogunlana asked him, “Where is that camera that the minister, popularly known as Agent Fash, removed?” And in response, Omomuwa said, “I don’t know.”

The panel chairman, Justice Okuwobi, then told Ogunlana that he would have to follow the proper procedure if he wanted Fashola’s appearance before the panel.

Then, hinting that he would be requesting that Fashola be summoned, Ogunlana said, “I wouldn’t know if it is too early for me to apply for Minister Fashola to appear before the panel to assist investigation?”

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