This one was manufactured in Serbia in 2005, and is currently in use by the Nigerian army. From multiple videos, CNN has pieced together a timeline that shows that shooting by the army lasted from 6:43 p.m. until at least 8:24 p.m., according to video evidence. But local authorities have downplayed that account. "He just came back from work on that Tuesday, ate his food and went there," Okon told CNN. Video supervised by Rosie Tomkins and Dan Wright. But on November 14, during a judicial inquiry into the shooting, army representative Brigadier Ahmed Taiwo said, "There's no way officers and men will kill their brothers and sisters. In another, there are several injured people, some on the ground bleeding while defiant protesters continued to wave Nigerian flags. Our correspondent who is at the Lekki toll plaza as of the time of filing this report also did not witness any protest or gathering as police officers manned the toll gate. Why are you doing this," she said. The army also said at the hearing that it was the governor who called soldiers to the scene because the police were overrun. So, I just went live.". "I couldn't count how many dead because I was running for my life," Legend said. He was shot in the back," DJ Switch, 29, told CNN, as she tried to talk during an interview while crying. "We referred some for treatment to other hospitals," Dr. Aranmolate said. One eyewitness, Sarah, whose last name we're not publishing for her safety, told CNN that the soldiers shot in the air but also directly at protesters. They show graphic injuries and people bleeding on the ground. But police have denied any use of force against protesters on Twitter, saying, "....our police officers never resorted to use of unlawful force or shooting at the protesters.". What happened on October 20, and into the early hours of October 21, at the eight-lane Lekki toll gate -- a key piece of Lagos' road network -- has stunned the country. Advertisement An eight-person judicial panel has been set up to investigate police brutality and what happened at the Lekki toll gate. Sometime after midnight on October 21, Elisha Sunday Ibanga answered a phone call from his older brother's number. 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Evidence of bullet casings from the scene match those used by the Nigerian army when shooting live rounds, according to current and former Nigerian military officials. DJ Switch, a local musician whose real name is Obianuju Catherine Udeh, was streaming live on Instagram when it all happened and the shooting began. Lekki, a relatively affluent suburb of Lagos, and the toll gate became a focal point of the movement. I can't find him," she said. An eyewitness to Victor Sunday Ibanga's death told CNN the 27-year-old entrepreneur was shot in the head during the protest. "He expressly told me: 'I am acting on orders from above.'". I have been reporting for several years now and I am very interested in visual news reportage with strong inclusion of photos and video multimedia. Police had agreed to disband the controversial unit but protests continued. The Lagos State government has hired a team to conduct an independent forensic examination of the Lekki toll gate. This story contains graphic imagery of injury and death. "Please explain to me how, in which part of the world, do you go to a protest with live bullets," she said. Odele told CNN that her passport has since been returned. ", Some chanted: "We are peaceful protesters" and "End Sars, we no go gree [pidgin for we will not agree, or give in].". Let's take back our dear … The Ibangas are one of several families yet to locate the bodies of their missing loved ones -- protestors at the toll gate -- who dozens of eyewitnesses say were shot at, first by members of the Nigerian army and then hours later by police. "They were shooting in the air, they were shooting at us, they were shooting everywhere. Moe Odele, a prominent lawyer who was giving legal advice to demonstrators arrested during the protests, says she was recently prevented from leaving the country after her passport was seized. The BBC's Nigeria Correspondent Mayeni Jones investigates what happened that night and the climate of fear that has followed the shootings at Lekki toll gate… There were peaceful marches, candlelight vigils, multi-faith prayer sessions and DJ performances that attracted backing and solidarity from celebrities, the Nigerian diaspora and supporters around the world. It was later moved to 9 p.m. to allow commuters to get home. "Please explain to me how, in which part of the world, do you go to a protest with live bullets. On the night of 20 October 2020, at about 6:50 p.m, members of the Nigerian Army opened fire on peaceful End SARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos State, Nigeria. Demonstrators protest police brutality at the Lekki toll gate on October 20. Two eyewitnesses told CNN they saw soldiers arriving in a Toyota Hilux pickup truck with "OP Awatse" written on it -- the name of a joint military task force that operates in Lagos State. It would be the fourth time it was being disbanded. DJ Switch said she wanted people to see what was happening which is why she started broadcasting. Two ballistics experts have also confirmed with CNN that the shape of the bullet casings indicate they used live rounds, which contradicts the army's claim they fired blanks. Peace Okon, 24, hasn't seen her younger brother Wisdom, 18, since he went to the protest the night of the shooting. The full names of some interviewees and the identities of others have been withheld for their safety. Workers clean up the Lekki toll gate on October 24. Ibanga confirmed the photograph is of his brother. CNN has seen some of the messages received, though it is unclear who is sending them. And working with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, CNN has established that several of the bullets from the Lekki toll gate originated from Serbia. In a video obtained by CNN and geolocated to Lekki toll gate at 2:36 a.m., one eyewitness, Legend, whose second name we're not publishing for his safety, can be seen with the Nigerian flag around his head saying, "...my hand is broken, my leg is broken, and police are still shooting at us. CNN has examined bullet casings found at the scene and confirmed with current and former Nigerian military sources that the bullet casings match those used by the army. "I've gone to hospitals, I've gone to police stations, I've gone to everywhere. ", As the live broadcast ends, people are still trying to apply CPR on the man in red, while DJ Switch can be heard saying, "this guy is dying.". "I said, why are you killing us? In Nigeria thousands of young people have been protesting against police brutality as part of a largely peaceful movement called EndSARS. "We can't go out, our jobs are on hold right now, and it's really sad because we did nothing wrong. the premises is well paved with ample parking space. The police officer who confirmed the deaths said that he and dozens of others were ordered to head to the Lekki protest at around 7 p.m. Barely a week after the protest I joined, on 20 October 2020, demonstrators at Lekki toll gate would be singing the Nigerian national anthem and … The army has denied that anyone was taken to hospital with gunshot wounds, and that they only shot into the air. "Talking about that subject now will be sub-judicial since the matter is already before a panel of inquiry. CNN's calls to the Nigerian army have not been returned. Videos examined by CNN show the army trucks approaching the protesters from both sides of the toll gate -- barricading them in. A Lagos State police spokesman declined to comment because of the ongoing panel investigation. We have those who constantly seek to drive a wedge between us and between the citizens of Nigeria...". Less than three hours after the original curfew time came into effect, army trucks left the Bonny Camp barracks on Victoria Island and headed towards the toll gate plaza and the protesters, according to videos reviewed by CNN. "One of the victims had to have his leg amputated.". The army said their soldiers were unaware of the change to the later time, according to the army spokesperson's testimony to the eight-person judicial panel on November 14. "If I stood my ground five more seconds, I would be dead.". South Africa's president has announced a raft of new restrictions in a major city as the nation stares down a possible coronavirus resurgence. "They pointed their guns at us and they started shooting," she said. ... such groups are likely now acting independently more often than in conjunction with security forces. In the Lekki Massacre on the night of 20 October 2020, Nigerian Armed Forces shot at End SARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria. And accounts from eyewitnesses establish that after the army withdrew, a second round of shooting happened later in the evening. Cries of "Na lie, na lie [exclamations of disbelief in pidgin]" can also be heard. The body of Victor Sunday Ibanga is pictured in a pool of blood. Re: Fresh #EndSARS Protest At Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos - AIT by Fahdiga1: 11:07am On Dec 07, 2020 Great Nigerian youths it is now or never. On Wednesday, Buhari tweeted that the … She started worrying when he didn't arrive home that night. By Stephanie Busari, Nima Elbagir, Gianluca Mezzofiore and Katie Polglase Video by Barbara Arvanitidis, Muhammad Darwish and Oscar Featherstone, Updated 2205 GMT (0605 HKT) November 19, 2020. Edited by Blathnaid Healy. The bodies of other protesters are nowhere to be found. EndSARS protesters on Monday barred motorists and commuters from passing through Lekki Toll Gate on Lagos -Epe expressway in continuation of the protest demanding an end to SARS operations in the country, this is coming few months after it was piped low. She says he didn't know anyone at the protest and had never been to one before. The person on the other end of the line -- a stranger -- broke the news that Ibanga's brother, Victor, had been shot dead at the Lekki toll gate, in Lagos, Nigeria, where he had been peacefully protesting against police brutality earlier that night. Injured people whom CNN has confirmed were present at the toll gate started arriving in local hospitals -- carried by civilians -- from 7:19 p.m. while the shooting was still ongoing, according to videos analyzed by CNN. But an investigation by CNN into the disputed events has cast doubt on authorities' shifting and changing statements. CNN has obtained and geolocated a photograph of Victor's body lying in a pool of blood and wrapped in the white and green of the Nigerian standard -- one of the same flags gripped by fellow protesters earlier in the evening as they sang the country's national anthem. DJ Switch told CNN that protesters lifted bodies with bullet wounds and put them at the soldiers' feet. Someone in the crowd says, "you will live, you will not die. CNN has also seen and verified footage from one man who used his car as a makeshift ambulance and transported people to hospital. And if I don't make it through the night let it be known that I died fighting for our freedom, for what we believe in.". The shootings at Lekki toll gate followed weeks of "#EndSARS" protests against police brutality that had burst onto the streets of cities across Nigeria. The movement quickly widened beyond police brutality to other grievances -- capturing the frustrations of a young population demanding an end to bad governance in the oil-rich country. Export documents CNN has seen show that Nigeria purchased weaponry from Serbia almost every year between 2005 and 2016. The timeline for when the curfew was imposed has become a point of contention between the Governor and the military. (function () { var size='300x250|728x90', adunit = 'gistmania.com_728x320_in_article_DFP', xmlhttp = new … About 200 protesters remained at the toll gate when witnesses say police and SARS arrived, he added. The army has continued to restate that they did not fire live rounds. In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, the army denied any involvement, describing reports of the incident as "fake news," before backtracking and saying that soldiers were present but fired their weapons in the air and used blanks, not live rounds. "My mother, my sisters, all my family are in prayer, just to see if we can find out and know where my brother's dead body is," he said. The governor has denied this, saying he does not have the authority to call in the army. The protesters who were present have told CNN it was a "massacre" with multiple people killed and dozens wounded. Omoyele Sowore, human rights activist and former presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, was arrested New Year’s Eve following a peaceful protest in the capital, Abuja. A video filmed at 8:49 p.m., according to metadata, shows ambulance workers in a van at the scene saying they are unable to get through. I repeat no way. "I didn't want anybody to come on and twist the story. ", "They are shooting anything that moves outside...Stay safe through the night. Map by Natalie Croker and Henrik Pettersson. 23 December 2020. Nigerians on Twitter are currently reacting to a thread by activist and member of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry, Segun Awosanyo, popularly known as Segalinks, stating that international media platform CNN is 'complicit' and has failed to defend its globally publicized investigation on the Lekki tollgate shooting. The videos capturing some of those 101 minutes tell a story of terror and chaos. Protesters gesture as they hold placards at a live concert at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, on October 15, 2020, during a demonstration to protest against … Since Elisha Sunday Ibanga learned of his brother's death, he has been visiting hospitals in a desperate search for his remains. The Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of police brutality and other related matters has resumed its sitting for the year 2021. Members of the judicial panel visit the Lekki toll gate on October 30. On Wednesday, Buhari tweeted that the … Photo editing by Sarah Tilotta. Speaking in front of the judicial panel, the army spokesman Brigadier Ahmed Taiwo continued to deny that anyone was shot. I wanted people to see. For 24 hours, only essential service providers were to be allowed on the streets of the 20-million strong city. An eight-person judicial panel has been set up to investigate police brutality and what happened at the Lekki toll gate. … "We're hiding because our lives are in danger," an eyewitness named Sarah told CNN. "They're shooting, they're shooting," another person screams in one of the videos. At one point during the broadcast, there were attempts to resuscitate a man in red clothing who had passed out. Some told CNN they were offered money to recant their initial testimonies. Later, DJ Switch can be seen helping to extract a bullet lodged in another man's thigh as he screams in agony. After the army withdrew from the scene, members of the police, including the SARS police unit -- disbanded by authorities on 11 October -- moved in, according to multiple eyewitnesses CNN spoke with. None of the people they treated died, he added. The country's central bank has obtained a 90-day court order freezing the accounts of those who took part in the demonstrations. CNN has verified that bullets fired at Lekki toll gate are from live ammunition. Verified video footage -- using timestamps and data from the video files -- shows soldiers who appear to be shooting in the direction of protesters. One of the protesters, Mathew, pictured, says he was injured when the army opened fire at Lekki toll gate. ... dey try use your sense once in a while now If na your father born you, come near Lekki, aside the police, boys are waiting to deal with you while the police keep a distance. In October 2020, Burna Boy released ’20:10:20′, a tribute to protesters in his native Nigeria who were killed in the Lagos massacre at the city’s Lekki Toll Gate. It a tastefully built apartment to your delight, located in a decent estate of lekki county. In response, on October 20, hours before the shooting, Governor Sanwo-Olu imposed a strict curfew starting at 4 p.m. following looting and vandalism in other parts of the state. A spacious and well maintained 5 bedroom duplex with bq in a gated and well secured area by lekki right hand side, lekki phase 1. the apartment is solid and well finished, it has 2 box rooms for extra storage. They … In several of the videos, reviewed and verified by CNN, some of the protesters can be seen carrying bodies, the flashlights on their phones the only thing illuminating the darkness as the sound of ambulance sirens wail in the background. One of the lawyers of the #EndSARSs protesters, Adesina Ogunlana, had urged the court for the third time not to release the toll gate to its operators pending the … At least 12 people killed at Alausa and Lekki Toll Gate Lagos ; Hundreds severely injured ; CCTV dismantled to cover murder An on-the-ground investigation by Amnesty International has confirmed that the Nigerian army and police killed at least 12 peaceful protesters yesterday at two locations in Lagos. Military REVEALED: Nigerian Army Commander, Brigadier-General Ahmed Ibrahim Taiwo, Who Claimed No Killing Occurred At Lekki Toll Gate Despite … "The person told me that the police took his body away," Ibanga, 24, told CNN. It is not known whether these were dead or injured protesters. While CNN has not been able to independently verify that SARS members were present, multiple eyewitnesses said they saw police officers, accompanied by officers from the unit, at the scene after the army left. 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