You can't take possession of Lekki tollgate now, Panel tells LCC

You can't take possession of Lekki tollgate now, Panel tells LCC

- Lagos state panel of enquiry on police brutality has turned down a request by the LCC

- The LCC is requesting permission to take back possession of the Lekki tollgate

- The panel, however, said the request would be granted when it is done with the investigation

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The request by the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) to take possession of the tollgate has been turned down by the panel set up by the government of Lagos to probe police brutality in the state.

The Cable reports that the LCC suspended activities at the toll plaza after the shooting of EndSARS protesters on October 20.

Recall that soldiers had dispersed #EndSARS protesters who blocked the toll gate for 13 days.

Speaking on Tuesday, November 3, before the panel, the counsel to LCC, operators of the toll gate, Rotimi Seriki, asked the panel to allow the firm to take possession of the tollgate in order to evaluate the level of damage ahead of making insurance claims.

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Panel turns down LCC’s request to resume activities at Lekki tollgate
Lekki tollgate after shooting of EndSARS protesters by soldiers. Source: TheCable.
Source: UGC

He said:

“My humble request is that if the tribunal doesn’t have further need to visit the plaza, the LCC should be permitted to take back possession of the toll plaza for the purpose of evaluation of the damage and commence the process of carrying out necessary repairs."

Reacting to Seriki's request, the chairperson of the panel, Doris Okuwobi, agreed with LCC on the evaluation of the level of damage but she said the panel would not grant its request yet.

She asked the lawyer to encourage his client to make the request after the panel is done with the footage submitted earlier in the day, adding that the panel might pay another visit to the tollgate.

The managing director of LCC, Abayomi Omomuwansa, submitted video footage recorded by its surveillance cameras on October 20 to the judicial panel.

Omomuwansa said the surveillance cameras are called PTZ; wherein P enables the camera pan; T enables the camera tilt, and Z allows the camera to zoom.

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He said they were mounted on a mast at the tollgate and that the cameras stopped working from 8 pm on the night of the shooting at the tollgate. He stated:

“I can confirm that inside here is the video footage that our surveillance camera was able to record for the 20th of October.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the management of the LCC expressed readiness to show the footage of the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate by soldiers.

It was reported that the head of the legal department of LCC, Gbolahan Agboluwaje, made this known when he appeared before the panel on Friday, October 30.

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Source: Legit Nigeria

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