The Lekki Concession Company, operators of the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos requested to “take back possession” of the tollgate and their request was declined by the Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged shootings of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers on October 20, 2020.
In a short ruling on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, the Chairman of the panel, retired Justice Doris Okuwobi disclosed that the tollgate will remain closed as the panel might have a need to pay another visit to the tollgate plaza after watching the video footage from a surveillance camera submitted by the LCC at the sitting.
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.
LCC Managing Director, Abayomi Omomuwa said, “Any projection made here will just be guesswork. When we went there that day, I saw the level of damage. The whole tolling system is completely destroyed. It will not take anything less than six months to fix.
“I want to plead that they let us have access so that we can process insurance.”
The panel chairman encouraged LCC to make the application after the panel must have watched the video footage submitted by the firm.