The Lagos State judicial panel on restitution for victims of SARS related abuses and other matters sitting in Lagos today Friday 13th August 2021 sat over 8 petitions on the day’s causelist.
In one of the petitions of the day of Kufre Jackson vs the Nigeria police force, the petitioner said he was shot by the police on the 12th October 2020 in front of the Office of Public Defender (OPD) on Funsho Williams Way, National Stadium Surulere and is demanding compensation for the gun shot injury and trauma suffered.
The petitioner tendered photographs of himself in the hospital and video footage of the incident as captured on a Channels TV recording which he tendered in a flash drive and was admitted and marked as exhibit by the panel.
Under cross examination by the respondent, the petitioner admitted being one of the EndSARS protesters and said they wanted to pass into the streets beside the OPD office Surulere but were stopped by the police and all of a sudden he heard gun shot and while he was running away just like other protesters, he was hit and fell down. He said he was helped by other protesters who rushed him to Randle hospital Surulere, from where he was referred to National Orthopedic Hospital (NOI) Igbobi Somolu for treatment.
When asked if he was aware that there was anti kidnapping unit office of the Nigeria police force behind the (OPD) office, the petitioner admitted knowing so.
On where was the destination of the protesters by trying to access the street where the anti kidnapping unit office of the Nigeria police force was located, the petitioner said they just wanted to pass through.
The counsel then put it to the petitioner, if he was aware that the anti kidnapping unit office was attacked, police and exhibit vehicles burnt and arrested kidnappers set free, the petitioner said he was aware.
The respondent put it to the petitioner that he was one of the EndSARS protesters who attacked and vandalized the anti kidnapping unit office of the Nigeria police force, but he denied.
When he was asked if he knew who shot him, the petitioner said he didn’t know because he was shot in the left knee while running for dear life like other protesters.
The counsel for both parties closed their cases and the panel adjourned the matter to 31st of August 2021 for adoption of final written address.
The panel sitting continues.
Credit: Nelson Ekujimi