A witness of the #EndSARS protest, Kamsi Ochuko has been attacked by hoodlums suspected to be sponsored by the government for testifying against the Nigerian Army at the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and other matters.
SaharaReporters gathered the hoodlums, numbering three descended on Kamsi on Sunday at Crown Estate bus stop, Sangotedo, near Shoprite, Lekki.
“I was attacked by 3 men, who first pointed a torchlight at my face, before pouncing on me with dangerous object; they said my crime was because of my testification at the panel,” she said.
SaharaReporters gathered that Kamsi was one of the EndSARS witnesses that reacted to the interrogation of the military witness, Major Gen. Ahmed Taiwo, Commander of the 81 Division, Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island.
Despite video evidence that so many protesters were killed at the Lekki tollgate on October 20, 2020, Taiwo, then a Brigadier-General told the panel no one was killed.
He also gave at least seven inconsistent accounts of what truly transpired at the Lekki tollgate that fateful night.
One of his narratives was that soldiers deployed to the scene led by Col. S.O. Bello, Commanding Officer of 65 Battalion, and Brig.-Gen. F.O. Omata actually went there with live ammunition – a claim totally in contrast with his earlier position on the issue.
He, however, said the live ammunition was for backup purposes and not used by soldiers deployed to the scene.
Before then, the Nigerian Army headquarters had lied on the day of the incident that soldiers were never at Lekki toll gate to attack protesters as claimed in the media, branding the story as fake news – a position they had since backtracked from.
Taiwo is a son of a former military governor of Kwara State, Colonel Ibrahim Taiwo, infamous for his alleged involvement in the massacre of over 700 persons in Asaba, Delta State, during the Civil War.
The attack is coming a few days after the Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel submitted its report to the Lagos State Government.
Titled, ‘Report of Lekki Incident Investigation Of 20th October 2020’, the panel said at least 48 protesters were either shot dead, injured with bullet wounds or assaulted by soldiers.
According to the report, nine protesters were confirmed dead, while four were presumed dead.
The panel listed 48 names as casualties of the incident.