On Saturday, June 5, 2021, at least 99 bodies of #EndSARS protesters in Lagos appeared at the Lagos Judicial Investigation and Compensation Commission on SARS.
According to the People’s Bulletin, they were introduced by the chief national pathologist John Obafunwa, who performed an autopsy on the body of the allegedly murdered #EndSARS protesters.
Obafunwa said the bodies were recovered across Nigeria’s commercial hub during the protest that called for an end to police brutality and extrajudicial killings on October 20, 2020.
According to reports, several people were killed or missing after military shootings at Lekki toll booths and other areas of the state in October last year, although the state and federal governments and the military have denied these allegations.
The photos shown to the audience on the panel through the display unit and viewed by The Gazette showed that some corpses were bruised, while others were deeply cut as a result of a machete attack or large-caliber gunshot wounds.
Three of the bodies were confirmed to have come from the Lekki toll booth. Shortly after the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced a 24-hour statewide curfew, soldiers opened fire on the protesters. Initially, the Nigerian military denied being at the protest site, saying that the videos and photos of the site were “manipulated”, but later admitted their existence and claimed that they fired into the air just to enforce the curfew.