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CCTV footage shows how soldiers carried out #Endsars Lekki Toll Plaza assignment

The CCTV footage of the Lekki Toll Plaza on Saturday shed more light into the unfortunate event of the night of Tuesday October 20, 2020 when men of the Nigerian Army allegedly shot at #Endsars protesters.

The footage which gave a vivid incite of what happened on that fateful night, shows for instance, that the lights of the plaza was switched of at 6.53pm, about 10 minutes after the arrival of the soldiers into the arena. The soldiers, the camera also shown, arrived in a convoy of not less that seven trucks into the arena, and distributed themselves into various position to carry out their assignment.

The CCTV was shown before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Judicial Inquiry probing the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters by the military at the Lekki tollgate on the Saturday, November 21, at the resumed the viewing of a CCTV footage submitted by the Lekki Concession Company, operators of the tollgate.

The camera showed that the protest ground at Lekki toll gate was calm and peaceful until about 6.43pm when people could be seen running towards the tollgate from the Oriental Hotel area.

Two minutes later, at 6.45pm, military trucks with flashing headlights arrived the scene. There were no fewer than seven military truck at the protest ground in Lekki.

At 6.53pm, about 10 minutes after the arrival of the military vehicles, the tollgate went into a blackout according to the footage shown st the judiciary panel.

Two minutes later, at 6.55pm, one of the military vehicles drove through the tollgate to the other end where the crowd of protesters was gathered.

At 6.55pm, the military drove through the tollgate and at 6.57pm, flashes of gunfire could be seen in the footage.

At 7.09pm, the protesters appeared to be surrounded on all sides by the military vehicles which had flashing lights.

Earlier during proceedings, the Chairman of the panel, retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, had noted that during the hearing of Nov. 6, 20-hours worth of footage presented by the Lekki Concession company (LCC) was given to Mr Adeshina Ogunlana, the lawyer for the #EndSARS protesters.

Also, the protest were allegedly not throwing stones at the soldiers as claimed by army.

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