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Lagos State Government Confirms: 103 Recovered Bodies Not Lekki Tollgate Victims

Lagos State authorities have given the green light for the mass burial of 103 bodies recovered in the aftermath of the nationwide #EndSARS protests that occurred in October 2020. The protests, which demanded the disbandment of the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), resulted in violence and loss of lives, with Lagos serving as the epicenter of the demonstrations.While rumors circulated that the 103 corpses were linked to the Lekki tollgate incident, the Lagos State Government clarified that they were not recovered from that specific location. Notably, the Lekki Tollgate became the center of attention due to allegations of soldiers’ involvement in the killing of protesters on October 20, 2020, leading to the establishment of a commission of inquiry to investigate the matter.The decision to proceed with the mass burial was confirmed in a leaked letter from the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency to the Ministry of Health, dated July 19, 2023. According to the letter, the sum of N61,285,000 has been approved for the burial arrangements.The Ministry of Health, in response to the circulating social media publications about the burial plan, emphasized that the victims were not exclusively from the Lekki Tollgate incident. Instead, the casualties were recorded from various areas in Lagos, including Fagba, Ketu, Ikorodu, Orile, Ajegunle, Abule-Egba, Ikeja, Ojota, Ekoro, Ogba, Isolo, and Ajah, as well as during the Ikoyi Prison jailbreak.The government further clarified that the #EndSARS panel had previously subpoenaed the Lagos State Chief Pathologist to produce records of unclaimed bodies deposited in the state central morgue around the time of the Lekki Tollgate event. The submitted records, including autopsies and causes of death, did not attribute any of the listed citizens’ deaths to the Lekki incident.The planned mass burial was initiated following a newspaper advertorial in November 2020, urging those who had lost loved ones or had missing relatives between October 19 and 27, 2020, to come forward for identification. However, no one responded to claim any of the bodies. After nearly three years of remaining unclaimed, the decision to proceed with the mass burial was made to decongest the morgues, adhering to careful medical and legal guidelines in case any relatives still come forward to claim their lost loved ones.It is essential to clarify that the mass burial is not related solely to the Lekki Tollgate incident, and the Lagos State Government aims to carry out the process in accordance with established protocols and sensitivity to the families of the deceased.


Ademola Adeyemi

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