Mrs. Okuwobi said it behooves Mr. Kehinde to assist the panel in achieving the task of investigating the Lekki Shooting incident to avoid issues of denial of fair hearing that might arise when the panel’s report is submitted to the government. After hearing the arguments of the counsels, Mrs Okuwobi, the chairperson of the panel, said the non-appearance of the Nigerian Army is causing a delay for the panel’s proceeding. Perhaps, my Lord will give alternative orders to serve the Nigerian Army. Neither the summoned officers of the Nigerian Army nor their legal representative, Akinlolu Kehinde, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), appeared before the panel on Saturday. “It behoves on counsel (Mr Kehinde) to come and explain before this honourable court or give an explanation of the situation of the failure of his clients to responding to the Summons of the panel.”. Recall the Nigeria army denied shooting live ammunition at protesters at the Lekki toll plaza on the said date, a claim international media, CNN reported as untrue in a report showing evidence of casings of live ammunition fired at the scene. Switch was live at the scene of the shooting the moment soldiers stormed Lekki toll gate and began shooting at protesters. “We sent to Godwin Umelo, at the General Office, 81 Division, it was sent by way of DHL. CNN published damning evidences it had gathered about the Lekki toll gate shooting. “The Nigerian Army has been magnanimous in appearing before the panel, they should be encouraged to fulfill all righteousness by presenting their version of the incident of October 20 to refute the claims now made against them,” she said. Speaking on the status of the summons sent to the Army officers, Jonathan Ogunsanya, counsel to the panel, said the army officers including Colonel Bello were issued summoned. He insisted that if the military is trying to avoid the panel, the learned counsel should not. That marked the second time the Army would not be appearing. “We have served and served his chambers, spoken with him on the phone. But surely, we are summoning the military, police and everybody relevant to our probe. Another counsel, Olumide Fusika, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who was also present at the sitting said that every petition that mentioned the Nigerian Army should be compiled and served on them and when the petitions come up, they are expected to appear. The #EndSARS protest, a campaign against police brutality and for the reform of the police, has been holding in different states of Nigeria for more than two weeks. However, the case was adjourned till January 30 so the army and their lawyer can appear. The Federal Government says popular disc jockey, Obianuju Catherine Udeh, fondly referred to as DJ Switch, “will be exposed” soon over her claims on the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters by … Visit our. var adx_adsvr_adspace_vAppRoot="https://ads.dochase.com/adx-dir-d/"; “In respect of that one, Mr Kehinde owes a duty to come before the panel to state his reasons for either not coming or for his clients that he is representing not coming. “In respect, it is hereby ordered that the counsel for the panel shall issue a letter to learned silk, Mr. A.T Kehinde, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, to appear before the panel at the next adjourned date to explain why he would not conclude the case of the Nigerian Army. COVID-19: Sanwo-Olu Orders All Schools to Reopen, Releases New Date. #EndSARS Protester Tattoos Date Of Lekki Tollgate Shooting On His Chest (Photo) A Nigerian man, Uyi, has tattooed the date of the Lekki tollgate shooting on his chest, IgbereTV reports. The most authoritative source of information concerning the shooting is Nigerian disc jockey, DJ Switch. The Lekki Toll plaza where the October 20, 2020, shooting incident occurred, had been closed for business but open to vehicular movement. Olukayode Enitan, the lawyer holding brief for the Lagos state government, also alligned himself with the positions of Messrs Fusika and Adeshina. The third summon was issued and served on Brigadier General Francis Ogbaje Omata. It marks the third time the army has failed to appear before the panel having snubbed attendance on December 12, 2020, January 8, 2021, and today, January 23, 2021, despite being served to summon. Jonathan Ogunsanya, Counsel to the panel said that the army officers including Colonel Bello were issued summoned. “If the Military is dodging, the gentleman lawyer must not be allowed to dodge. “It behooves on counsel (Mr. Kehinde) to come and explain before this honorable court or give an explanation of the situation of the failure of his clients to responding to the Summons of the panel.”. AT about 6:45 p.m. on October 20, men in military uniform arrived at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos in three Toyota Hilux vans and almost immediately began shooting into a crowd of peaceful protesters gathered there waving the Nigerian green-and-white flag and reciting the national anthem. Empress Jamila Cold Store—For You Today, On Christmas and Every Other Day According to social media commentary, the man who ordered the massacre is called Francis Omata, an Army Commander in the Nigerian Force. CNN Lekki Shooting Investigation Video proved that the Nigerian army used live bullets on protesters during its intervention in the #EndSARS protests in Lekki, Lagos State. Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government on Thursday, November 19, made a defence against the CNN report on the Lekki shooting, insisting that no "massacre" occurred as "irresponsibly" peddled on the social media.. PAY ATTENTION: Get the Latest Nigerian News Anywhere 24/7.Spend less on the Internet! Premium Times newspaper’s investigative team set out to unravel what actually happened on the evening of October 20, at Lekki Toll gate, during the shooting and the hours that followed. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State consoles a victim of the Lekki Toll Gate shooting at a hospital in Lagos. The officers are a Lieutenant Colonel of the 81 Division, S.O Bello, who led the battalion involved in the Lekki shooting, and Godwin Umelo, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 81 Division. BY Nicholas IBEKWE. “He didn’t represent individuals, he represents the Nigerian Army and all those three persons the witness statements were filed to say what the Nigerian Army feels. Enter your email address and receive notifications of news by email. “The difficulties the panel now experiences is having Mr Kehinde explain to the panel why those summoned by the panel are not attending proceeding, this is creating undue delay in the investigation of the Lekki event of October 20, 2020. On the last hearing date, Justice Doris Okuwobi ordered that fresh summons are served to Colonel S. O Bello, Major General Godwin Umelo, General Officer (GOC), 81 Division, and Brigadier General Francis Omata through their counsel, Akinlolu Kehinde SAN. Their officers were not also present on December 12, the previously adjourned date, PREMIUM TIMES reported. He, as counsel, owes a duty to come before this panel, if for any reason, he is no longer proceeding in that proceeding. Here are our 10 biggest takeaways. The Lekki Toll plaza where the October 20, 2020, shooting incident occurred, had been closed for business but open to vehicular movement. 20:30 2020. “No date yet. Print This Article. A Nigerian man, Uyi, has tattooed the date of the Lekki tollgate shooting on his chest, IgbereTV reports. At today’s proceedings, Counsel to the panel, Jonathan Ogunsanya confirmed that summons were sent to three army officers. The judge, Dorris Okuwobi, also asked whether he attached the petition of victims of Lekki shooting to the Summons sent to the Nigerian Army and the counsel confirmed. She said even though the panel’s the lawyer contacted Mr Kehinde, notifying him of the proceedings, he still failed to appear for the Army. The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS related abuses and other matters Friday fixed January 8 to hear a petition by a … He cannot impose on the tribunal. However, the case was adjourned till January 30 so the army and their lawyer can appear. image caption Those injured at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos shooting are being treated in hospital. The Nigerian Army, first on the cause list of the panel for Saturday’s proceedings, did not present any witness. Onesoul who also claimed to be present at the Lekki toll plaza at the time of shooting, noted that it’s wrong to term the incident “massacre” as he did not witness any death. The Lekki shooting occurred around 7 p.m. on Tuesday when soldiers opened fire on unarmed protesters who were holding a peaceful protest at Lekki toll gate. Mr Ogunsanya said he served the Nigerian Army and officers involved but none of them appeared before the panel for the Saturday’s proceeding. He recently got a tattoo that speaks about the shooting incident at the tollgate which happened on Tuesday, October 20. ... Jan 18 date stands — Education Ministry. 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We still need them. var adx_adsvr_adspace_id="3985"; It’s the third time they’ve failed to honour the summons of the panel for officers involved in the shooting to explain what happened at the Lekki toll gate on the 20th of October 2020. Mr Fusika said he alligned himself with the position of Mr Ogunlana and a summon should be served on him to give explanations on his client’s absence. Get up to N1.5 million in the Geely pre-sales offer. Adeshina Ogunlana, counsel to some victims of Lekki shooting, urged the panel to summon the counsel for the Nigerian Army to give explanations on why his clients have refused to appear before the panel despite several summons. “There is a clear legal issue, A.T Kehinde had clearly said that he is no longer representing the Nigerian Army. Neither the summoned officers of the Nigerian Army nor their legal representative, Akinlolu Kehinde, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), appeared before the panel on Saturday. DJ Switch, a popular female Disc Jockey, who went live during the shooting of protesters at Lekki toll gate, has finally broken silence following the incident. Despite, the global outrage that followed the shooting of #ENDSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate the Nigerian Army has consistently denied culpability in the death of at least 10 protesters according to Amnesty International who were shot with live ammunition on October 20. “We also spoke to the lead counsel on record for the Nigerian Army, A.T Kehinde SAN, informing the learned silk of the proceedings and he said we should serve the Army directly, which we did,” he said. The Lekki Toll plaza where the October 20, 2020, shooting incident occurred, had been closed for business but open to vehicular movement. The third summon was issued and served on Brigadier General Francis Ogbaje Omata. The judge said if the Army does not present its defence, the cases of the petitioners will be uncontested. Lekki shooting: Army bows to pressure, announces date to appear before Lagos panel Friday, November 06, 2020 Fashola MC POSCABA 0 Latest News in Nigeria A + A - Movie director, Ideh Chukwuma Innocent popularly known as Onesoul, has stated that he did not see any dead bodies at the Lekki shooting scene on Tuesday, October 20th. By Ngere Davies On Oct 23, 2020. The army failed to present the officers involved in the shooting. On Tuesday, 18th November 2020, CNN published an investigative article on what happened on the mournful night of 20th October 2020. Lekki Shooting. The judge adjourned till January 30 for the appearance of the Army and their lawyer. “He is entitled to say he doesn’t want to call them, but the tribunal is entitled too, we need this person to come, even though you are not interested, we need them to come to the tribunal. var adx_size="300x250"; CNN releases findings from its independent investigation on Lekki shooting By Adebiyi Ashimedua On Nov 18, 2020 After several denials from relevant authorities about the October 20, 2020 Lekki Tollgate shooting, CNN has released its findings from an independent investigation carried out on the shooting incident I am not saying we are not to further serve the Nigerian Army. In fact, she livestreamed the shooting on Instagram with thousands watching in shock, fearing for her life. Justice Doris Okuwobi the chairperson of the panel, said the non-appearance of the Nigerian Army is causing a delay in the panel’s proceeding. “The difficulty the panel now experiences is having Mr. Kehinde explain to the panel why those summoned by the panel are not attending proceedings, this is creating an undue delay in the investigation of the Lekki event of October 20, 2020. To mark the one month anniversary of the unfortunate incident, Uyi posted a photo of the tattoo on his … Subscribe to the ICIR Newsletter. Olumide Fusika, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria who appeared before the panel said that every petition against the Nigerian Army should be compiled and served on them, and when the petitions come up, they are expected to appear. Assuming that is correct, every further effort made at securing his presence before this Tribunal will have any legal backing. The Nigerian Army again failed to appear before the Lagos Judicial Panel on Saturday. Saturday, January 23, 2021 7:23 pm | Nigeria News | 1 Comment(s). Apparently because he feels this is a court. 21st October 2020 Lekki Shooting: Again, Nigerian Army ignores Summons at Judicial Panel Though the panel's lawyer contacted Mr Kehinde notifying him of the proceedings, he still failed to appear. “We sent to Godwin Umelo, at the General Office, 81 Division, Lagos and Ogun state of the Nigerian Army, Victoria Island, it was sent by way of DHL. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! “Mr Kehinde already filed (a) witness statement before the panel, maybe three or four. Mrs Okuwobi said it behoves on Mr Kehinde to assist the panel in achieving the task of investigating the Lekki Shooting incident to avoid issues of denial of fair hearing that might arise when the panel’s report is submitted to the government. 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Uyi, who was one of the youths who protested against police brutality, recently got a tattoo that commemorated the shooting incident at the tollgate which happened on Tuesday, October 20. ... 2021, resumption date. “We also spoke to the lead counsel on record for the Nigerian Army, A.T Kehinde SAN, informing the learned silk of the proceedings and he said we should serve the Army directly, which we did,” he said. He also aligned himself with Mr.Ogunlana’s request that a summon should be served on the army counsel to give explanations on his client’s absence. “If the Military is dodging, the gentleman lawyer must not be allowed to dodge. Mrs. Okuwobi said it behooves Mr. Kehinde to assist the panel in achieving the task of investigating the Lekki Shooting incident to avoid issues of denial of fair hearing that might arise when the panel’s report is submitted to the government. They can ignore invitation to appear at the Judicial panel of enquiry but can’t escape the indictment of ICC ( international criminal court). Mr Enitan said there is a misunderstanding as there are two strains of proceedings relating to the Nigerian Army, one in which Mr Kehinde appeared in to represent the Nigerian Army. “Summons was sent to Colonel Bello. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! When colonel Taiwo gave his evidence, he then decided that he was not going to call the other persons he filed for. They are guilty as charged. 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Adeshina Ogunlana, counsel to some #EndSars protesters said that the panel should summon the counsel for the Nigerian Army to give explanations on why his clients have refused to appear before the panel despite several summonses. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. By continuing to use this website you are giving consent to cookies being used. “In that respect, it is hereby ordered that the counsel for the panel shall issue a letter to learned silk, Mr A.T Kehinde, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, to appear before the panel at the next adjourned date to explain why he would not conclude the case of the Nigerian Army. Outrage is a befitting word to describe the reactions of Nigerians to the alleged shooting of unarmed EndSars protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza on Tuesday 20th October by soldiers of the Nigerian Army, never mind the fact they (the protesters) were defying the curfew order of the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, a subject for discussion on another date. He should come back before this panel and give (an) explanation. Photos of an Army commander alleged to be the mastermind behind the Lekki Toll Gate Shooting has emerged on social media. He should come back before this panel and give (an) explanation. Army pipo wey dey armed true true kill #EndSARS protesters for Lekki toll gate shooting for Lagos, Nigeria House of Representatives Speaker don confam. The Lekki shooting: Checking facts. End SARS: 15 victims of Lekki shooting, bereaved families storm Lagos panel [PHOTOS/VIDEO] ... Court fixes date for proceedings against Dan-Galadima over failure to produce Maina’s son, Faisal. A young Nigerian man identified as Uyi, has tattooed the date of the Lekki tollgate shooting on his body. Lekki shootings: DJ Switch will be exposed soon, says Lai Mohammed. On January 8, the last adjournment of the proceeding, S. O Bello, the Officer that led the 65 Batallion that went to Lekki Toll Gate, Godwin Umelo, the General Officer (GOC), 81 Division and Francis Omata, a Brigadier General, all failed to appear before the panel. Learn how your comment data is processed. ... Stay up-to-date. Protesters and other witnesses at the toll gate claimed several people were injured and killed … Uyi was one of the Lagos state residents who participated in the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki tollgate. For the third time since hearing began over the Lekki Shooting incident, the Nigerian Army has failed to honour the summons issued to its officers by the panel investigating the event. Up until now, the details have been sketchy. Obianuju Catherine Udeh professionally known as DJ Switch, has revealed that soldiers, who shot at peaceful #ENDSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, on October 20, 2020, revealed that they were sent to the protest ground on orders from above. 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