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Prof. J. O. obafunwa testifies that out of 99 corpses, three from lekki are not gun wounds

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The Lagos State judicial panel on restitution for victims of SARS related abuses and other matters sitting in Lagos today Saturday 5th June, 2021, directed Prof John Obafunwa of the department of pathology and forensic medicine, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) to produce the register and autopsy reports conducted by the hospital on 99 corpses between 20th -24th October, 2020.

The panel gave this ruling following arguments and counter arguments by the counsels namely the 2 teams of counsels representing the EndSARS protesters, LCC, Lagos State government, NBA, and the Nigeria police force on the propriety of the professor providing these documents in view of the time constraints of the panel and the need to establish the truth on what happened at the Lekki tollgate plaza on the 20th of October, 2020.

Earlier, Prof Obafunwa while being led in evidence in Chief by the judicial panel counsel as a result of his honouring the witness summons served on him to appear to give testimony on the corpses of EndSARS protesters Lekki brought to LASUTH for autopsy among several other corpses which he testified were brought from different parts of Lagos such as Fagba, Mushin, Ikorodu, Epe, Ikoyi correctional centre among others totalling 99 in number between 20th – 24th October 2020.

In his evidence in Chief, Prof Obafunwa provided the autopsy report and 3 CD’s of three unidentified labelled EndSARS protesters brought in from Lekki by the Lagos State Emergency Ambulance Services (LASAMBUS) and deposited at the morgue at General hospital Mainland Yaba before being moved to LASUTH for autopsy by the office of the Chief medical examiner of Lagos State.

In his testimony, Prof Obafunwa made it very clear that the 3 corpses were labelled EndSARS protester Yaba 005, 041 and 062 respectively because their identity could not be determined. All three corpses according to the forensic pathologist were brought to LASUTH for autopsy already embalmed to prevent them from decomposing further having been recovered decomposed by the agency which recoverd their corpses and deposited them at the general hospital Mainland Yaba between the 21st and 24th of October, 2020.

Following the autopsy conducted on the 3 bodies, the pathologist identified blunt force trauma as the cause of death as no bullet or pellet was found in any of the bodies. One of the bodies died as a result of too much loss of blood from injury sustained which was occasioned by the disruption of the blood vessels.

The witness Prof Obafunwa stated clearly that he was not in the panel as a representative of LASUTH but from the office of the Chief medical examiner of Lagos State and that he was specifically summoned by the panel to give testimony on autopsy conducted on EndSARS protesters brought in from Lekki, Lagos.

Under cross examination by Mr. Olumide Fusika (SAN), Prof Obafunwa stated that he was not the one who recovered the corpse from wherever they were brought from for autopsy, but that he was part of the team of pathologists who performed autopsy on corpses brought in between 20th – 24th October, 2020 at the instance of the Chief Coroner of Lagos State. He said, there is a register for all bodies brought for autopsy and that it was from the register that corpses are identified and labelled.

When asked the total number of corpses on which autopsy was conducted between the period in question, the Prof said he was specifically focused on the focus of the invitation which was specifically about Lekki EndSARS protesters and so, he is only armed with documents relating to that and that anything outside of that specific area, he has to go back and check to confirm, but that he remembered conducing autopsy on about 99 corpses brought from various part of Lagos State. Consequently, Mr. Olumide Fusika (SAN) applied for the panel to direct Prof Obafunwa to produce the autopsy report of the 96 corpses in addition to the 3 already tendered and admitted as exhibit.

The Lagos State government counsel Mr. Olukayode Enitan (SAN) objected to this application and argued that the weight of the documents being requested for and the time it will take to peruse the documents in view of the time constraints of the panel would not allow the other counsels to cross examine Prof Obafunwa. Mr. Rotimi Seriki of LCC aligned himself with the position of the Lagos State government counsel and asked that Mr. Fusika (SAN) be urged to conclude his cross examination and close his case to allow for other counsels to take their turn with the witness. The counsel for the police J. I. Ebhosereme implored the panel to stay within the confines of the terms of reference setting it up as canvassed by Mr. Olukayode Enitan (SAN), as doing anything outside of it, would amount to ultra vires.

Mrs. Amanda Asagba of the NBA stated that since the panel is a fact finding one seeking to find out the truth, there was the need for it to grant the application of Mr. Fusika (SAN). Mr. Adeshina Ogunlana later moderated his application and asked the panel to direct the counsels to be allowed to access the Coroner inquest, but this was objected to by Mr. Enitan (SAN) who stated that the Coroner inquest was s statutory function of the Chief Coroner and that it was inappropriate for the panel to over reach itself.

Ruling on the application and counter application by the counsels, the panel opined that since it is a fact finding body, it will stop at nothing to get at the truth and thereafter directed Prof John Obafunwa to produce the register and autopsy reports of the 99 corpses and adjourned the matter to 19th June, 2021 for further hearing.

Other petitions listed for today could not be heard due to the long duration of the above testimony.

The panel sitting continues.

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SANWO-OLU PRESENTS SCORECARD AT RE-ELECTION RALLY

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…APC Flags Off Governorship Campaign In Lagos

A mammoth crowd of Lagos State residents, on Saturday, converged on Onikan – a cultured neighbourhood in the heart of Lagos Island – for an All Progressives Congress (APC) rally.

Clad in branded yellow shirts and Ankara brocade, the crowd dominated the city centre with pockets of political carnival. Thousands of ordinary citizens and party stalwarts trooped to Mobolaji Johnson Pavilion, the venue of the inaugural rally flagging off the party’s governorship campaign in Lagos.

The 10,000-capacity stadium brimmed with APC supporters. They carried banners and chanted slogans to receive the party chieftains and members of the Governorship Campaign Council.

APC standard bearer, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, made a grand entry into the venue, animating the crowd, which chorused: “Greater Lagos Rising” – the Governor’s re-election campaign slogan.

Reacting to the massive turnout, Sanwo-Olu said the vast attendance further confirmed the strength of APC as the only party of choice in Lagos.

The Governor mounted the rostrum to seek the mandate of Lagosians for another term in office, saying the “Greater Lagos” he promised at the inception of his government could now be visualised, given the achievements recorded during his first term.

Sanwo-Olu said the last three and half years had been challenging for his administration, pointing out that his Government traversed difficult terrains to deliver on its development objectives.

He said: “It has been an interesting and challenging journey for us in the last three and half years. Our administration has traversed difficult terrains and witnessed major disruption occasioned by global pandemic. Lagos had its fair share in the attendant socio-economic meltdown, but we provided strong leadership that protected the people and made the State come out better and stronger.

“Now, we can say ‘Greater Lagos Rising’ because our State is rising on all of our modest achievements through the THEMES agenda. In Transportation and Traffic Management, Lagosians are now living with the reality of the delivery of two intracity Rail Mass Transit projects that are on the verge of completion. These projects will be handed over in the coming weeks.

“We have also scaled up infrastructure in public transportation services by improving BRT services, injecting new taxi scheme and energizing traffic management agency for efficiency. People have seen the construction and commission of Lekki Deep Seaport, and massive road construction projects in the Eti Osa and Epe corridors. We have delivered and are still constructing more new roads in Ikorodu, Victoria Island, Ikoyi, Alimosho, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Somolu and other areas.”

Sanwo-Olu said activities of his administration, since inception, had been about purposeful governance. He added that his Government had delivered new hospitals in Badagry, Epe, and Eti-Osa, pointing out that construction of new hospitals were currently being undertaken in Ikorodu, Ojo and Lagos Island.

In the environment, the Governor said the State was currently constructing 210 new drainage channels to address the issue of flooding in vulnerable communities. He said his Government had also raised the level of infrastructure in emergency response agencies, mentioning the recently completed four fire stations, recruitment of new fire fighters and provision of fire fighting equipment.

The Governor said: “Lagosians can testify to our feats in education. Over 1,000 new classrooms have been added to public schools and we completed over 1,097 projects in schools. We trained our teachers in modern teaching techniques through Eko EXCEL and handed over tablets to them for teaching. Overall performance of Lagos students in WAEC has improved from 42 per cent to over 83 per cent.”

Sanwo-Olu said there had been laudable progress recorded across his Government’s development blueprint, noting that the State had become a model for good governance and development.

The Governor thanked residents for standing by his administration, pledging that he would not take their support for granted.

He urged party members to take back the Government’s achievements back to their communities and engage in door-to-door campaign to ensure APC candidates are elected in the general elections.

Director General of Lagos APC Campaign Council, Sen. Ganiyu Solomon, said the party would have no problem taking its campaign to the electorate, given the “exceptional” performance of the party’s governorship candidate.

Solomon said the second coming of Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat would bring the State to new heights of development and prosperity.

Leader of the Governance Advisory Council (GAC), Prince Tajudeen Olusi, said: “The combination of Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat are the best a democratic society can get in delivering results of good governance. Anyone who wants the development of Lagos to continue, Sanwo-Olu must be allowed to continue the good work he started.”

Sanwo-Olu, assisted by APC chairman, Hon. Cornelius Ojelabi, presented flags to party candidates running for legislative seats in the House of Assembly and National Assembly.

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Osun Tribunal Admits Adeleke’s Certificates as Exhibits

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Ademola Adeleke

— As Oyetola, APC Close Case

The Osun State Election Petition Tribunal on Saturday admitted in evidence the file with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) containing the secondary school certificate and testimonial of Governor Ademola Adeleke of the State.

This is just as the Petitioners, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress (APC), closed the prosecution of the matter, leaving respondents to state their defence.

The admission of the documents followed the appearance of INEC representative, Mrs. Joan Arabs, who brought Adeleke’s original files containing the certificate he submitted to the Commission in 2018.

It will be recalled that during the last sitting of the panel, the Commission had submitted blank document as the secondary school certificate of the governor, a situation that compelled the panel to order that the original file be brought, and to threaten to invoke Coercive Power if it fails to do so.

At the resumed hearing of the petition on Saturday, Counsel for Oyetola, Chief Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), said the hearing for the day was basically meant for the appearance of INEC representative to produce the Adeleke’s file in line with the court order.

Counsel for INEC, in his response, said that INEC representative was already in court with the files containing a clearer and legible certificate and testimonial in question, saying he would be willing to apply for the return of the documents to INEC, when the tribunal is done looking at it.

After the production of the documents, the tribunal, while discharging the INEC official, said, “You can now go if you wish to. No policeman will accost you again.”

Subsequently, Oyetola’s counsel sought to tender the documents which contain form CFO01 and its attachments, including Adeleke’s credentials, saying the original file brought to court is a primary evidence and he was comfortable with it.

Counsel for INEC, Chief Henry Agunedo (SAN), said he would be objecting to the admissibility of the documents on the ground that the basis for the production of the whole file was because only two pages of the earlier-produced Certified True Copies were in contention, saying tendering the whole documents was out of place.

Counsel for Adeleke and PDP, Niyi Owolade and Alex Izinyon (SAN) respectively, said they have objection to the tendering of the said documents, but they would reserve their objections till final address stage.

Izinyon also observed that the only documents in contention were only two pages which are Adeleke’s certificate and testimonial, saying the CTC earlier produced has not been tendered before the court.

Responding, Fagbemi said the practice everywhere is that INEC can only apply and get back the files after the dispensation of the cases, saying, “We asked for CTC and now that they brought this. We are fine, we will take it”.

Ruling on the documents tendered, the tribunal led by Tertsea Kume admitted the credentials and the Adeleke’s nomination form as exhibit ‘FILE D’ and taken as read.

It was after the tribunal admitted the documents that Fagbemi informed the panel that he had decided to close his case, saying, “My Lord, we rest our case”.

When the tribunal asked INEC to open his defence, Chief Agunedo said, it would be difficult for him to open his case on Monday, saying non-availability of his witnesses would make it practically impossible.

The panel then asked the counsel to meet and agree on adjournment date after which Counsel for INEC briefed the panel the outcome of the meeting.

Subsequently, the tribunal adjourned the case till December 20 for the respondents to open their defence, saying the adjournment was based on another engagement by the tribunal somewhere else between 12th and 19th December 2022.

Earlier, Oyetola’s counsel had informed the panel that the Court of Appeal in Abuja had reverted the judgement of a Federal High Court which disqualified Oyetola from contesting the election.

Meanwhile, the outcome of the sitting excited the members of the APC who witnessed the hearing, as jubilations erupted after the sitting of the panel. They chanted songs to eulogise Oyetola and the APC.

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TINUBU WON’T SUCCUMB TO ARISE NEWS BLACKMAIL

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We find it shocking and downright anomalous that Arise News continues to broadcast the participation of All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in its Presidential Town Hall meeting scheduled to hold on 4 December, 2022 despite our earlier statement that our candidate will not be available.

We noticed that Arise News has also been running a campaign on the so-called constitutional duty of the presidential candidates to participate in its debate by dubiously citing section 22 of the Constitution of Nigeria on the obligation of the Mass Media.

While it is trite that the media has clear constitutional duty to hold public office holders accountable to the citizens and its role as the watchdog of the society, there is no part of the Constitution and the section 22 that says a presidential candidate of any political party and least of all, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu must participate in Arise News Town Hall event or any media organised event at all.

The same Constitution grants all citizens of Nigeria including, Asiwaju Tinubu the right and freedom of choice and association. The APC Presidential candidate has a right to decide where he goes and events to participate in as he seeks the mandate of Nigerians to be elected as the next President of our country.

We want to make it abundantly clear again that Asiwaju Tinubu will not participate and will not attend the Arise News Town Hall meeting slated for Sunday, 4 December, 2022 and any other ones it may plan before the February 2023 presidential election.

The APC Presidential candidate has his own schedule of campaign activities and other engagements within and outside Nigeria. One of such events is his scheduled event for Monday , December 5, 2022 at Chatham House in London where he will speak on Security, Economy and Foreign Policy.

Asiwaju Tinubu travelled to United Kingdom early today (Saturday) for this earlier scheduled engagement. We want to reiterate for the umpteenth time that no amount of blackmail, intimidation and media bully and innuendos by the owner and management of Arise News will change the position our campaign has taken on this matter.

Bayo Onanuga
Director, Media & Publicity
APC Presidential Campaign Council
December 3, 2022

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