#EndSARS: Pathologists Tenders 99 Bodies Of Protesters

Chief pathologist at the Lagos State University, John Obafunwa has submitted the autopsy result carried out on bodies recovered across Lagos during the EndSARS protest on October 20, 2020. Obafunwa’s report indicates that the 99 bodies recovered are of protesters at the Lekki tollgate and other parts of the state on the night of the shooting.

Presenting his evidence at the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry and restitution on SARS on Saturday, June 5, 2021, Obafunwa showed photo evidence of three of the bodies that had deep cuts resulting from “machete attacks or high calibre gunshot wounds”.

Three of the bodies were confirmed to be from the Lekki tollgate where soldiers opened gunfire on the protesters a few hours after the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced a 24-hour curfew in the entire state.

Since the alleged massacre of protesters on October 20, 2020, there has been a debate as to the number of persons who died. The government of Lagos state and the Nigerian military denied that there were deaths.

The panel however agreed to adjourn the case to June 19 to give the pathologist adequate time to provide the records and autopsy reports of the remaining 96 bodies

Patsy Nwogu

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