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#ENDSARS: Lagos panel admits autopsy report on 96 corpses Oladimeji RAMON and maritha ebolosue


The Lagos Panel of judicial Inquiry probing the alleged killing of #ENDSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate in October last year has admitted in evidence autopsy reports on 96 corpses deposited at the morgue of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital between October 19 and 24.

The autopsy reports were presented to the retired justice Doris Okuwobiled panel by LASUTH Chief Pathologis­t, Prof john Obafunwa.

Obafunwa brought the autopsy reports in two nylon bags, in compliance with a june 5 order of the panel.

One of the counsel for #ENDSARS protesters, Adeyinka Olumide-fusika (SAN), moved an applicatio­n on Saturday for the autopsy reports to be admitted in evidence by the panel.

The panel granted the applicatio­n as it was not opposed.

The chief pathologis­t had during his june 5 appearance before the panel said LASUTH mortuary received 99 corpses between October 19 and 24.

He, however, presented autopsy reports for only three of the corpses, saying he was told that out of the 99 deposited corpses only three came from the Lekki.

“Those are the three bodies I was told were from Lekki as recorded by the people who brought them in,” Obafunwa said.

According to him, the other 96 deposited corpses were said to have been recovered from different areas of Lagos.

But Olumide-fusika had disagreed with the pathologis­t on the claim that only three corpses came from Lekki.

The SAN prayed the panel to order LASUTH to bring forward the records and autopsy reports on the entire 99 bodies deposited.

The panel chairman had then ordered the hospital to bring the autopsy reports for the remaining 96 bodies forward.

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