A marketing consultant anatomic and forensic pathologist, Professor John Obafunwa, on Saturday, instructed the Lagos state judicial panel on restitution for SARS-related abuses and different issues that the coroners workplace carried out submit mortem autopsies on 99 our bodies between October 20 and 27.
Obafunwa made this disclosure whereas testifying to help the panel in investigating the October 20 Lekki toll gate shootings.
The pathologist, who was concerned in coroner companies by means of the workplace of the Chief Medical Examiner of Lagos State, mentioned the 99 our bodies have been picked up from totally different places by officers of the Lagos State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit LASEHMU.
Of these 99 our bodies, the pathologist mentioned that solely three have been recognized as victims of the Lekki shootings, ChannelsTV reviews.
He proceeded to talk to the submit mortem report and the reason for dying of every of the three victims, all-male.
The witness additionally performed video proof detailing the extent of the harm suffered by the deceased and the reason for dying.
According to the witness, the primary physique of an unknown sufferer recognized as quantity 005, EndSARS/Yaba/2020 and introduced in from Lekki bridge on October 24 by the Lagos state authorities company confirmed a fracture, a laceration on the left aspect of the cranium and a physique that was already decomposing.
The pathologist gave the reason for dying as “a result of bleeding into the chest cavity, following a blunt force trauma to the chest.”
According to the witness, the second physique, “041 unknown identity”, was mentioned to have died at about 1.45 am on October 21; he was taken to Reddington hospital Lekki in an unconscious state on account of an open cranium fracture, an try to revive him failed and he was pronounced useless after which he was taken to LASUTH on November 1 for submit mortem.
“X-ray conducted before touching the body showed no bullet or pellets in the body,” the witness mentioned. “The x-ray revealed multiple skull fracture.”
An autopsy showed a ragged laceration running from the left side to the right side of the skull, further exploration of the wound showed bleeding into the scalp, multiple fractures of the skull, bleeding into the brain tissue. In the chest, there were bruises of the anterior, fracture of the left rib.
“Generally, the internal organs were pale and it suggested there was severe blood loss. Hypertensive heart disease, upon examination under the microscope and samples for DNA, death was as a result of skull and brain injury which was due to blunt force trauma.”
The third case, recognized as “062 unknown identities”, was additionally mentioned to have died at Lekki tollgate. The physique was mentioned to have been taken to the General Hospital Yaba and an post-mortem was carried out on November 2. The explanation for dying was extreme blood loss as a consequence of disruption of the main blood vessel, prompted on account of gunshot harm.
Counsel to a number of the #EndSars Protesters, Olumide Fusika, nevertheless, faulted the testimony that solely three of the 99 our bodies have been associated to the Lekki shootings.
He made an utility that the witness should produce particulars of all 99 our bodies to allow him to completely conduct his cross-examination of the pathologist.
Counsel to the Lagos State Government, Olukayode Enitan objected to the granting of the applying.
He famous that the summons that commanded the attendance of the witness on the panel required him to present reviews of October 20, which occurred on the Lekki toll gate, to help the panel.
For him, something exterior this may amounted to inviting the panel to transcend its phrases of reference and the devices setting it up and this will probably be tantamount to appearing extremely vires. He urged the panel to refuse the applying.
After taking submissions from different attorneys within the matter, the panel chairman, Justice Doris Okuwobi, famous that although it will take a whole lot of the panel’s time to sit down by means of taking a look at 96 extra our bodies, she would bow to the bulk resolution of the attorneys.
The panel then ordered the pathologist, Prof Obafunwa, to supply the data and post-mortem reviews of the remaining 96 our bodies.
Further proceedings on the matter have been adjourned to June 19