The Lekki Concession Company (LCC), the operators of the Lekki tollgate, has claimed the surveillance camera at the tollgate stopped working at 8pm, October 20, the day soldiers opened fire on #EndSARS protesters.
LCC MD, Abayomi Omomuwa, stated this while appearing at the Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Lagos State Government to probe the Lekki shootings, as well as complaints of human rights abuses against members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Omomuwa, who submitted footage from the day, also confirmed the cameras that were removed before the shooting were plate number recognition cameras “early in the day”.
According to him, the other surveillance camera, a pan–tilt–zoom camera (PTZ camera) also exists and is still intact.
“We never, ever tampered with the surveillance camera until about 8pm, when it was tampered with and stopped recording,” Omomuwa added.
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The LCC MD also disclosed they have three surveillance cameras: at the Lekki toll gate, one at Ikoyi and another at Chevron. The cameras are linked via network, controlled from Chevron.
Omomuwa noted they did not activate audio recording, as the cameras are used for traffic not security.
Lekki tollgate shooting: LCC finally submits footage to judicial panel
The Lekki Concession Company (LCC), operators of the Lekki tollgate, has submitted video footage recorded by its surveillance camera on the night of October 20, 2020, when soldiers opened fire on #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate.
The Managing Director of LCC, Abayomi Omomuwa, submitted a hard drive containing the footage on Tuesday.
Omomuwa’s submission was made to the Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Lagos State Government to probe the Lekki shootings, as well as complaints of human rights abuses against members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
“I can confirm that inside here is the video footage that our surveillance camera was able to record for the 20th of October,” Omomuwa said.
According to Anakle CEO, Editi Effiong, who is at the hearing, “LCC is being led in testimony by a member of the LASG legal team. A hard drive has been admitted in evidence as containing the footage from the toll gate.
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“LCC is also tendering press releases in which they denied the company was bribing in police to disrupt the protests.”