The official said when Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos, and his entourage visited the Lekki toll plaza between 12:30 and 1:30 midnight – few hours after the shooting, they did not spot any bloodstains on the ground.

The Lagos State Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, has said there were no bloodstains at the scene of the October 20, 2020, Lekki shooting incident when the state governor visited.

Mr Muri-Okunola said this on Tuesday during his cross-examination at the Lagos Judicial Panel.

The official said when Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his entourage – which included himself – visited the Lekki toll plaza between 12:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. – few hours after the shooting, they did not see any bloodstains on the ground.

The Head of Service was earlier summoned by the panel to give evidence for the state on the controversial shooting of protesters by soldiers on the night of October 20, 2020.

At his first appearance before the panel last Tuesday, Mr Muri-Okunola said injuries recorded in the aftermath of the Lekki shooting were predominantly fractures, machete wounds, and minor cuts.

“At the time we were there, most of the injuries were all in the nature of cuts, bruises from machetes’ wounds, and stampede. Nobody at the hospitals said they were shot at,” he said.

No blood at the gate

Mr Muri-Okunola was cross-examined on Tuesday by counsels to the #EndSARS protesters, Olumide Fusika and Adeshina Ogunlana.

Mr Fusika took on the Lagos State official on his last testimony, saying it contradicts what doctors from Reddington and other hospitals that treated victims of the shooting told the panel.

Mr Fusika, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said the video clip presented by the Head of Service during his last testimony was edited.

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