The Nigerian military on Friday denied the Lagos state judicial panel of inquiry into Tollgate Lekki shooting access to its mortuary, TheCable reports.
The soldiers stationed at the gate of Military Hospital in the Ikoyi area of Lagos stopped the panel from accessing the hospital’s mortuary.
The panel, unannounced, on Friday, went to the hospital on the investigation into the shooting at Lekki tollgate where 15 protesters were reportedly killed.
Witnesses of the Lekki shooting accused the military of taking away the bodies of those killed in the incident.
The panel met resistance as it got to the gate of the hospital.
Ebun Adegboruwa, a member of the panel, told soldiers, who stopped them at the gate, that the panel came to the hospital because it had intelligence that might help with its investigation.
“The facility is relevant to our investigation. We have a pathologist. We are here on the authority of the president, not only the governor,” he said.
“We are following a due process, and it is important we visit the mortuary as it will help our findings.
“If we are not allowed access, we will go back and take other actions. We won’t force ourselves in. We have confidential information that the military hospital here is relevant in the investigation of the Lekki event. We heard this hospital is controlled by 65 battalions and under the 81 division. We are also taking steps to reach military authorities.”
Adegboruwa said though the panel does not have evidence that there are bodies of those killed at the tollgate in the hospital, it was at the facility to verify the claim that they were.