How Lekki Protesters Jumped Into River Whereas Escaping From Capturing, Fled To Ikorodu


Scene of the Lekki incident

It has been claimed that some #EndSARS protesters jumped into the river when the taking pictures began at Lekki toll gate.

A minimum of six EndSARS protesters jumped into the river across the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos State on the night of October 20, 2020, whereas the Nigerian Military deployed troopers to fireplace bullets at peaceable protesters, SahahaReporters experiences.

One of many six protesters, Caleb Ossai, advised SaharaReporters {that a} boat operator got here to their rescue and evacuated them to the Ikorodu space on the water.

He narrated that he was advised just a few individuals, who have been out of assist, might need drowned.

Ossai stated he was initially declared lacking by his members of the family for near every week earlier than they traced him to the residence of a Good Samaritan within the Ikorodu space, the place he was recuperating from the accidents he sustained through the ordeal.

The boat, which took the fleeing protesters from the Lekki Tollgate space to Ikorodu, virtually capsized, in line with the person who rescued Ossai, after he turned unconscious through the incident.

In an interview with SaharaReporters, the 27-year-old stated, “Bother began when the troopers arrived and began taking pictures, and a few fell with accidents. Individuals began working. Close to the Lekki River the place I used to be, some folks additionally tried to flee from the bullets, and so they started to push each other till a few of us fell into the river. I couldn’t swim, however I wore a white shirt. I used to be fortunate to be seen, and the following time I awakened, I discovered myself in a home within the Ikorodu space.

“I couldn’t discover my cellphone or didn’t keep in mind any contact of members of the family I might name. It took every week for my members of the family to have the ability to find me. Many individuals jumped into that river. I’m not positive everybody made it out alive. The person who hosted me in his home advised me that the boat was stuffed and virtually capsized as they journeyed to Ikorodu.”

Will probably be recalled that the peaceable EndSARS protest within the Lekki Tollgate space become a blood subject on the night of October 20 and round 6.50 pm, when troopers from the 65 Battalion, Nigerian Military, Bonny Camp, Victoria Island, opened fireplace on the protesters. The navy males killed and injured a number of demonstrators.

A sure Lieutenant Colonel Bello, who was the Commanding Officer of the battalion, had led the troopers to fireplace bullets on the scene.

Whereas addressing the Lagos Panel of Inquiry, Bello claimed that he solely fired clean ammunition into the air.

Based on witnesses, whereas folks have been rushed to hospital after bleeding from critical bullet accidents, complaints about lacking individuals elevated from family and friends members of youths who have been suspected of getting attended the Lekki Tollgate protest.

Ossai was one among such requests.

A day after the shootings, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had initially denied any lack of life by gunfire or that he was conscious of the deployment of troopers.

Later, he admitted that two individuals have been killed within the incident, whereas the military stated in a terse assertion that the state authorities requested for a navy clampdown on the protesters to implement its earlier-than-scheduled curfew.

Based on accounts of protesters, the deceased individuals included two males; Folorunsho Olabisi and Anthony Okechukwu. His relations have discovered Olabisi’s physique on the mortuary of St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos, with three bullet accidents.

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