A file photograph of Justice Doris Okuwobi and different members of the Lagos Judicial Panel.
An Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations) in Lagos, ACP Oludotun Odubona, has advised the State Judicial Panel of Inquiry that hospitals that allegedly handled gunshot victims from the Lekki toll gate made no experiences to any police station.
Odubona said this on the resumed sitting of the panel on Tuesday in continuation of his testimony on the investigation of the Lekki capturing incident that occurred on October 20, 2020.
He represented the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, who was summoned by the panel to assist with its investigations into the incident.
“Each hospital should make a report of treating gunshot wounds, nobody did,” the police officer mentioned. “There was no such report of anybody coming to the station to report that he was shot or witnessed the capturing of one other.”
He additionally responded to questions from the LCC counsel, Rotimi Seriki, and lawyer to the Lagos State authorities, Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN).
Odubona knowledgeable the panel that the police weren’t deployed to the Lekki tollgate on the day of the capturing, including that they’d no trigger to be within the axis.
On the actions of the police to forestall the burning of the Oriental Resort at Lekki, he mentioned some cops have been stationed on the facility to guard lives and properties round.
When requested whether or not there was a report by cops inside the jurisdiction warranting using dwell ammunition on the night time of October 20, 2020, the police officer mentioned there was no such report.
“The very best stage of gladiated pressure is to utilize dwell ammunition, and that can not be finished except there’s a superior directive. Even when such directives are given, the police don’t shoot to kill, they shoot to maim,” he said.
The ACP additionally testified that to date, the police have been nonetheless trying to find weapons that have been stolen from the police armoury throughout the #EndSARS protest.
Whereas taking part in video proof to the panel, the witness pointed to a person carrying a weapon, saying the actual particular person carted away a field of ammunition that had a twin container and every contained 1500 rounds of dwell ammunition.
When requested the variety of police rifles and ammunition carried away by hoodlums or allegedly looted, the witness mentioned he couldn’t disclose the quantity because the police have been nonetheless updating their listing.
On her half, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi, adjourned till September 17 for the police officer to be cross-examined by the legal professionals representing a few of the #EndSARS protesters who had pleaded to be allowed to assessment the images and video proof submitted by the witness earlier than placing of their questions.