AN #EndSARS protester, and eyewitness to the Lekki shootings, Kamsiyochukwu Perpetual, has recounted how she saw many dead bodies, including one with a bullet-torn head, after the alleged shootings carried out by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate against peaceful #EndSARS protesters on the night of October 20.
Perpetua made these claims in a petition she submitted to the Lagos State Panel of Judicial Inquiry which was set up to investigate the tollgate shootings by soldiers. She claimed to have seen the dead body with a bullet-torn head at Reddington Hospital, Lekki, when she went in search of injured protesters the morning after the shootings.
According to Perpetua, she visited the hospital accompanied by one Samuel Isah and another person identified as Seye, with the aim of collecting the data of injured protesters but doctors at the hospital refused to grant them access until a media man called “World Rapper Man” intervened.
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“We also requested to see the dead protesters who were brought in. The doctors refused us access to see the dead bodies. The media man intervened again and we could only see one of the dead bodies whose head was torn by (a) bullet fired to his head. He laid at the emergency unit. The doctor called the corpse ‘John Doe’.
“While at Reddington Hospital, dead and injured bodies were still being brought in. By evening when I returned to Reddington Hospital, one of the nurses informed me that the dead and the injured had been transferred from Reddington Hospital to an unknown hospital based on orders from above.
“We have the record of the names of 22 injured persons and one of the dead persons we were allowed to see,” Perpetual said in her affidavit on oath filed before the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel.
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In her 28-paragraph affidavit, she listed the names of the 22 persons injured from the shooting incident as Abiola Esther, RFK, Lekan Williams, Felix Nandip, Adams Moses, Akinyele Damilola, Samuela Iordyom, Emmanuel John, Isaac Amede and Charles Uzoma.
Also listed were Raymond Simon Abah, Samuel Anthony, Andrew Ugochuckwu, Bobby Maduka, Moses Oyi, Emmanuel George, Nelson Andrew, Sheriff Akande, Chigozie Chukwujekwu, Damilola Adedayo and 12-year-old Bakare Michael.
Contrary to the stance of the Nigerian Army that only blank bullets were shot into the air, Perpetual in her affidavit maintained that soldiers shot at and killed protesters.
“I saw soldiers picking at least seven dead, limp bodies hit by bullet into their vans,” Perpetual said.