Lekki Shootings: Youth Reps Shun Panel Sitting Over Frozen Accounts

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The youth representatives on the Lagos State Panel of Judicial Inquiry probing the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate, Oluwarinu Oduala, and Temitope Majekodunmi, boycotted sitting on Saturday.

Their absence frustrated proceedings and forced the Chairman of the panel to adjourn sitting.

Oduala, who is one of the arrowheads of the #EndSARS protest, refused to show up for the Saturday sitting in protest against the freezing of her bank account by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The CBN had earlier obtained a court order freezing the accounts of 20 #EndSARS promoters till January 2021 and one of those affected was Oduala.

Reacting, the chairman of the judicial, retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, said the panel had no other option but to suspend Saturday sitting as it could not form a quorum in the absence of the two youths.

Justice Okuwobi said, “We are confronted with a situation which prevented her (Oduala) from coming. We do not know if the two youths’ representatives will eventually pull out.

“We don’t want a situation where proceedings would go on and later it is impugned with controversy for lack of quorum.”

Justice Okuwobi stressed that it was important for all the sittings of the panel to be held in accordance with the law.

“In all matters, we have to wait for them (youths representatives) to join us. Without them, we are handicapped,” she said.

The panel had scheduled Saturday to take the testimony of the Nigerian Army on the October 20 shootings by soldiers at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos.

A military person had already taken the witness stand when Justice Okuwobi announced that the sitting could not proceed.

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