According to a report by the state , the favored Reddington Hospital Lagos, Saturday produced the medical records of a number of the patients it treated following the Lekki toll gate ‘shootings’ of last October 20.
One of the hospital’s trauma and orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Babajide Lawson, presented the case files to the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for Victims of SARS and therefore the Lekki Tollgate Incident.
The Nigerian Army has been accused of opening fire with live bullets on peaceful protesters at the Toll Gate demanding an end to police brutality using the hash tag #EndSARS.
Some of the protesters have submitted petitions to the panel alleging that men of the Army’s 81 Division shot at and killed several #EndSARS protesters that night, a claim the military denied.
The Army has, however, shunned further appearance at the panel, without giving any reason.
The counsel to the panel, Jonathan Ogunsanya, told the panel that he now had in his possession a complete of 25 case notes submitted by the hospital.
He noted that these were more detailed and would assist in giving clarity to cases of petitioners before the panel.
Last month, Dr Lawson told the panel that the hospital addressed mass casualties on October 20, but proper records of the amount might not are kept because the medical staff on duty were overwhelmed.
According to the doctor, the hospital was more concerned with saving lives then didn’t prioritise the time patients received its facility.
“On the night of this event, within the Lekki facility, when patients were brought in, it had been a mass gathering situation during which case you’ve got an outsized number of individuals presenting at an equivalent time, literarily overwhelming the power .
“In that sort of situation, there are many cases which may be compromised. If this patient says he was treated at the hospital, he can present at the hospital and obtain a report ,” he said.
One of the patients treated at Reddington, Lucky Philemon, also testified yesterday.
Philemon, who now walks with the help of crutches, had testified on February 27 that he was shot by soldiers at the toll gate on October 20, but the absence of his medical records before the panel had stalled proceedings.
Philemon is demanding to be paid compensation of N200m as damages for the inconvenience of losing his limbs also as another $50,000 for Prosthetic limbs.
His counsel, John Uthman demonstrated to the panel that his client received the hospital for treatment at about 9pm contrary to the insinuations by the counsel to the Lagos government that he presented himself for treatment at 11.30pm and will not are shot at the Lekki toll gate.
The complete medical records of the petitioner showed that he received medical treatment at about 9pm and later at about 11.30pm.
A second witness Richard Oku who testified for the petitioner, Lucky Philemon also told the panel that at 6.45pm on October 20, the military received the Lekki Toll Gate and began shooting.
The witness narrated how he helped the petitioner after he was shot.
He said: “I heard on radio that a protest was happening at the Lekki toll gate and that i decided to travel there around 4pm.
“At 6.45pm or so, we saw the military people arrive and began shooting. DJ Switch was on stage telling people to be calm and sit down. Some sat down, others couldn’t bear it and began running.
“I also found how to go away . I saw one man beside me shot. I saw another attempt to rise up , his leg had been shot, he couldn’t make it and people were stepping on him et al. as they were running. i ended one man and that we helped him to the side of the toll in order that people wouldn’t tread on him. I picked his phone and left him.
“I found my thanks to Lekki gate and that i saw private cars stopping there. I approached them to assist . I went back to the toll and helped an elderly woman and a young man to the hospital with the car that agreed to assist .
“We visited an hospital in Ajah, Doreen Hospital. They were treated then. it had been later that the petitioner’s brother called his phone which i had picked and that’s how I came to understand his name and to also testify in his case.”
The panel adjourned to March 27 for the petitioner and Reddington Hospital to continue their testimonies.