Mischievous Rumors Clarified
The Lagos State Government has dismissed viral news about a supposed mass burial plan for victims of the #EndSARS protests, emphasizing that the rumors were mischievously created by deliberately misinterpreting a letter from the Lagos State Government Public Procurement Agency.
Clarification on the Victims’ Origin
The government clarifies that the victims in question were not from the Lekki toll plaza, which was the center of the October 2020 anti-police brutality protests. Instead, the casualties mentioned in the document were from various areas of Lagos State affected by the #EndSARS crisis, such as Fagba, Ketu, Ikorodu, and others.
Absence of Connection to Lekki Toll Gate Incident: The Lagos State Government further highlights that no individual was retrieved from the Lekki Toll Gate incident. The #EndSARS Panel had summoned the Lagos State chief pathologist to produce records of unclaimed bodies deposited in the state central morgue during the days surrounding the Lekki tollgate event, and the subsequent report did not attribute any named citizen’s death to the Lekki incident.
In a press release issued by Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, the government has urged the public to refrain from spreading misinformation and allow the families of the unclaimed victims to find closure, as the bodies have remained unclaimed for almost three years. The state government emphasizes that the decongestion of the morgues follows careful medical and legal guidelines, ensuring that proper procedures are in place in the event that a relative comes forward to claim a lost loved one years after the incident.