Lekki Shooting: LCC Submits Footages as Panel Shifts Viewing to Friday




The Lekki Concessions Company on Tuesday tendered footages of the happenings at the Lekki Toll Gate of October 20th when soldiers allegedly opened fire on protesters against police brutality.
 
The panel could however not go ahead with the viewing to know the details of what happened due to technical and logistics issues.
 
It adjourned sitting till Friday when all logistics issues would have been sorted out for viewing the footages.
 
A hard drive was admitted in evidence as containing the footage from the toll gate. 
 
LCC represented by its Managing Director, Abayomi Omomuwa, also tendered press releases in which they denied the company bribed police to disrupt the protests.
 
Omomuwa confirmed the cameras removed were plate number recognition cameras explaining that they identify vehicle identity and vehicle type. 
 
According to him, the other surveillance camera, a PTZ camera also exists. The PTZ camera is still intact.
 
Omomuwa said: "We never, ever tampered with the surveillance camera until about 8pm, when it was tampered with and stopped recording. 
 
He added that the network was interfered with, which stopped the recording. 
 
According to Omomuwa, the Lekki Toll Plaza's power is supplied from an IPP situated at Lekki Phase 1. 
 
He explained if there is no power, there is a generating set as alternative, adding that there is also UPS, because “the toll gate can never be off.”
 
Omomuwa said: "When curfew was declared, we obtained permission, and asked all staff to go, including those in charge of the generator.
 
"None of LCC staff physically witnessed the incident. We can only rely on the footage. This is because they didn’t want to provoke protesters.
 
A representative of Lagos State Government legal team, interrogating Omomuwa asked: “In all the time the protest happened, was there any incident that involved bringing law enforcement to confront the protesters?”
 
Omomuwa responded "no" saying that he had no reason to invite armed security to the protests between 8-20 October. 
 
He also stated that they have 3 surveillance cameras. One at the Lekki toll gate, one at Ikoyi and another at Chevron. 
 
According to him, the cameras are linked via network, controlled from Chevron.
 
He said LCC didn't activate audio recording which according to him is used for traffic not security.
 
A message, reportedly sent on October 11 alleging SARS/RSS were coming to harass protesters, was admitted into evidence . 
 
Also shared was a company wide email sent on 20-10-2020 by Human Resource unit to LCC staff to observe the curfew. 
 
Omomuwa revealed that the signage operators (billboard) have independent access to their equipment.
 
He said: "We usually put the lights on at about 7:30. Our people left the location at 4pm. Everyone was asked to go."
 
He mentioned LOATSAD, Prodigy, iContact and eMotion as official LCC advertising agents. 
 
Omomuwa requested that the panel allows LCC to commence work to evaluate damage and commence repairs. 
 
The panel did not grant the request explaining that there is need for further investigations. 
 
A representative from NBA accused the LASG legal team of asking leading questions designed to help the LASG. 
 
The Panel head, Retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, in response said the panel is only investigating, adding that anyone with interest should come forward with evidence. 
 
Okuwobi also stated that the rules of evidence do not apply to the panel, as the panel is guided by different rules from the court of law. 
 
The proceeding was adjourned till Friday, November 6, 2020. 
 
 
 
 
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