The Lekki Concession Company (LCC), the operators of the Lekki tollgate, has claimed the surveillance camera at the tollgate stopped working at 8pm on Tuesday, October 20, the day soldiers allegedly 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.
An explanation why lights went off at Lekki toll gate before soldiers opened fire at protesters has been given also.
After submitting a video of the night soldiers opened fire on #EndSARS protesters, Lekki Concession Company (LCC) has also revealed why lights went off.
LCC is the operators of the Lekki tollgate. It said lights went off on Tuesday, October 20, the day soldiers allegedly opened fire on #EndSARS protesters because they had told their staff members to go home.
LCC MD, Abayomi Omomuwa, while appearing at the Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Lagos State Government to probe the Lekki shootings, said lights went off because its staff left the toll gate at 4:30pm and were not available at 7:30pm when the lights come on regularly.
Omomuwa, who submitted footage from the day, also confirmed that the staff in charge of the generators also left because they didn’t want to provoke #EndSARS protesters
“None of LCC staff physically witnessed the #LekkiMassacre.
“We can only rely on the footage. This is because ‘they didn’t want to provoke #EndSARS protesters’.
“We usually put the lights on at about 7:30. Our people left the location at 4pm. Everyone was asked to go.
“When the curfew was declared, we obtained permission, and asked all staff to go, including those in charge of the generator.
“The UPS did come on after IPP went off,” LCC MD said.
It added that the company never received any instructions to switch off power or remove cameras.
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