Nigerian soldiers have reportedly stopped members of the Lagos judicial panel from accessing the military hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos state, Thecable is reporting.
According to the online newspaper, the panel visited the military facility on Friday unannounced but soldiers at the facility gate blocked them from entering the military mortuary.
The panel was on investigation into the facility following allegations of shooting at the Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020.
There are reports that the military took away bodies of those killed in the incident. That was what propelled the panel to make the visit.
According to the medium, 15 protesters were brought down during the shooting. But the panel was resisted at the entrance gate to the military mortuary.
Ebun Adegboruwa, a member of the panel, told the military officers at the gate that the panel visited the hospital because it had intelligence report that might help the panel’s investigation.
Though he told them that the panel is not just on the orders of the state governor but also of the president, the soldiers turned a deaf ear to the announcement.
“If we are not allowed access, we will go back and take other actions. We won’t force ourselves in. We have confidential information that the military hospital here is relevant in the investigation of the Lekki event.”
Despite his explanation, the military never allowed them into the facility.