Members of the judicial panel of inquiry investigating the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos were, Friday, prevented from gaining access into the mortuary of the Ikoyi Military hospital by soldiers Sold manning the place.
The panelists had stormed the hospital unannounced to carry out their enquiry into the shooting of protesters at Lekki tollgate where scores of protesters were allegedly killed.
Military operatives were said to have carted away bodies of some of the slain protesters to unknown destination.
A member of the panel, Ebun Adegboruwa, was quoted as telling the soldiers who stopped the at the gate that the panel came to the hospital because it had intelligence that might help with its investigation.
He told journalists “The facility is relevant to our investigation. We have a pathologist. We are here on the authority of the president, not only the governor.
“We are following due process, and it is important we visit the mortuary as it will help our findings.
“If we are not allowed access, we will go back and take other actions. We won’t force ourselves in. We have confidential information that the military hospital here is relevant in the investigation of the Lekki event.
“We heard this hospital is controlled by 65 battalion and under the 81 division. We are also taking steps to reach military authorities.”
Adegboruwa noted that though the panel does not have evidence that there are bodies of those killed at the tollgate in the hospital, it was at the facility to verify the claim that there were.
According to him, the panel will continue its work until it gets to the truth of the matter.
Journalists were ordered to leave the hospital premises and one of the soldiers threatened that “things will get dirty” if they refused.
The panel members were allowed into the hospital premises.after about 30 minutes initial resistance by the soldiers.
They were, however, taken to a non-functional mortuary which the army claimed was under renovation.