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General News of Monday, 22 November 2021


#EndSARS witness who testified against Army at judicial panel attacked with machete

The #EndSARS Protester identified as Kamsi Ochuko The #EndSARS Protester identified as Kamsi Ochuko

A young woman who testified at the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and other matters has been attacked by hoodlums wielding machetes.

Identified as Kamsi Ochuko, she was allegedly attacked by the hoodlums numbering 3 on Sunday, November 21, 2021, at the Crown Estate bus stop, Sangotedo, near Shoprite, Lekki.

Checks show Kamsi was one of the few witnesses who testified at the interrogation of the military witness, Major Gen. Ahmed Taiwo, Commander of the 81 Division, Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island.

She said: “I was attacked by 3 men, who first pointed a torchlight at my face, before pouncing on me with a dangerous object; they said my crime was because of my testification at the panel.”

Despite video evidence showing unarmed Nigerians were killed at the Lekki tollgate on October 20, 2020, Taiwo, who was a Brigadier-General told the panel no one was killed.

SaharaReporters noted that he also gave at least seven inconsistent accounts of what truly transpired at the Lekki tollgate that fateful night.

One of his narratives was that soldiers deployed to the scene led by Col. S.O. Bello, Commanding Officer of 65 Battalion, and Brig.-Gen. F.O. Omata actually went there with live ammunition – a claim totally in contrast with his earlier position on the issue.

He, however, said the live ammunition was for backup purposes and not used by soldiers deployed to the scene.

Before then, the Nigerian Army headquarters had lied on the day of the incident that soldiers were never at Lekki toll gate to attack protesters as claimed in the media, branding the story as fake news – a position they had since backtracked from, reports SaharaReporters.

Taiwo is not new to this kind of controversy. He is the son of former military governor of Kwara State, Colonel Ibrahim Taiwo, who is he is alleged to be involved in the massacre of over 700 persons in Asaba, Delta State, during the Civil War.

The attack on Kamsi is coming a few days after the Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel submitted its report to the Lagos State Government.

The findings of the report titled: 'Report of Lekki Incident Investigation Of 20th October 2020’ noted that at least 48 protesters were either shot dead, injured with bullet wounds, or assaulted by soldiers.

According to the report, nine protesters were confirmed dead, while four were presumed dead.

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