Following the approval to reopen Lekki Tollgate by Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Lagos State government to investigate the October 2020 Lekki shooting incident, many Nigerians have taken to Twitter to protest as they insisted those who carried out the alleged shooting of innocent citizens must face the law before the tollgate can be reopened.
The #OccupyLekkiTollGate which is another wave of protest against injustice and government’s silence over the Lekki shootings is scheduled to kick off on 13th February 2021, according to Twitter sources.
The nine-man panel returned the control of the tollgate to the Lekki Concession Company, the operators, on Saturday.
The company, through its counsel, had been praying the panel to allow it to take over the plaza for repair and insurance claims since December 2020.
Over the last four months, an outpouring of support for Nigerian protesters has played out on Twitter, with various hashtags, but predominantly #EndSARS.
The DAILY BELLS had reported that the proceedings at the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry degenerated into a shouting match on Saturday after panel members and lawyers disagreed loudly over the reopening of the Lekki Toll plaza.
Doris Okuwobi, the panel chairperson, accompanied by other four members of the panel sat on Saturday to rule over an application for the repossession of the Lekki Toll plaza by the Lekki Concession Company.
The company, on four different occasions, made an application before the panel to allow it repossess the toll plaza in order to evaluate damages caused during the #EndSARS protest and make insurance claims.
During one of the applications on January 5, Mrs Okuwobi said the government has paid a forensic expert to examine the scene of the Lekki shooting and LCC needs to await to the report of the forensic examination.
Giving her ruling on the matter, Mrs Okuwobi, a retired judge, said the forensic report is ready and the panel is satisfied “but would not wait till the termination of the petitions before it hands over control of Lekki to LCC”.
“To put the record straight, it is the jurisdiction of this panel to investigate the incident of October 2020 and make recommendations is the premise by which the panel must comply with jurisdiction to look into the Lekki case.”
Speaking against the reopening of Lekki tollgate where a countless number of youths were said to have been shot by security operatives, human right activist, Omoyele Sowore, wrote on Twitter:
No to the reopening #Lekkitollgate, the perpetrators of #LekkiMassacre must be brought to book. @jidesanwoolu #Buratai must be brought before @IntlCrimCourt #RevolutionNow #Buharimustgo pic.twitter.com/MBNnFAzOPi — Omoyele Sowore (@YeleSowore) February 8, 2021
Other Twitter users also called for justice for those who were killed during the EndSARS protest
Below are some Tweets:
OCCUPY LAGOS LEKKI TOLL-GATE! Saturday: 13th Feb, 7AM. “If there is no justice for the people, let there be no peace for the government” – Emiliano Zapata.#RevolutionNow #EndSARS #OccupyLekkiTollGate — Ayemojubar (@ayemojubar) February 8, 2021
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Re-opening of Lekki Toll Gate is the govt saying “forget it, that one has passed”. But what they don’t know is that youths are determined to get justice. Lekki Toll Gate must remain closed until investigations are concluded and justice is served. #OccupyLekkiTollGate pic.twitter.com/id2Zo0OgRJ — K A Y (@Kaylechi_) February 8, 2021
We will not allow these government to brainwash us ,we need justice for those heroes that sacrificed there lives at the lekki massacre. Enough of these oppression and tyranny.#OccupyLekkiTollGate pic.twitter.com/Obv0DWDlPm — obikoya Adebowale (@obikoyaemmanue1) February 8, 2021
The panel was a faux from the onset! You can’t piss on the faces of citizens and tell us it’s raining #OccupyLekkiTollGate pic.twitter.com/fWqUyOImmQ — Ｍａｆｅｅ (@mafeemusic) February 8, 2021
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