Panel rejects LCC’s request to ‘take back’ Lekki tollgate




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The Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged shootings of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers October 20, 2020 at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos has declined the request by the operators of the tollgate, Lekki Concession , to “take back possession” of the tollgate.

 

The of the panel, retired Doris Okuwobi, in a short ruling Tuesday, said the tollgate plaza would remain closed.

 

The judge said the panel might have a need to pay another visit to the tollgate plaza after watching the footage from a surveillance camera submitted by the LCC Tuesday.

Counsel for LCC, Rotimi Seriki, had urged the panel to allow the firm “take possession” of the tollgate plaza to evaluate the level of damage for the purpose insurance claims.

Seriki was reinforcing an earlier request at the proceeding by the LCC Managing , Abayomi Omomuwa, said save for last Friday when he led the panel on a visit to the toll plaza, the place had been inaccessible to LCC management.

Omomuwa said from what he saw during last Friday visit, the level of damage was so much, would take LCC not less than six months to fix the tollgate plaza.

Omomuwa, was answering a question on how soon the tollgate would resume , said, “Any projection made here will just be guesswork. When we went there day, I saw the level of damage. The whole tolling is completely destroyed. will not take anything less than six months to fix.

 

“I want to plead they let have access so we can insurance.”

Reinforcing Omomuwa’s request, LCC lawyer, Seriki, said, “My humble request is that if the tribunal doesn’t have need to visit the plaza, the LCC be permitted to take back possession of the toll plaza for the purpose of evaluation of the damage and commence the of carrying out necessary repairs.”

But ruling, Okuwobi said the panel agreed that was necessary for LCC to go and evaluate the level of damage “but we will not grant that access yet. The need may arise for the panel to revisit.”

The panel encouraged LCC to the application after the panel must have watched the footage submitted by the firm.

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