The Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Lagos State Government to investigate cases of police brutality and the Lekki Tollgate shooting, got shocked on Tuesday, as the authorities of Lekki Concession Company (LCC) said it could not capture any event during the alleged military shootings which claimed lives of some youth protesters
Penpushing reports that, the Managing Director of the Company, Abayomi Omomuwasasa dropped the shocking news while presenting the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage and other documents to the judicial panel, adding that the camera was tampered with by unknown person.
The company boss told the panel that the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage at the Lekki toll gate stopped working at about 8 p.m. on October 20 and could not have captured any event including shootings that happened after that time on that day.
“We never ever tamper with surveillance camera, as we probably will see in footage, that’s why we can see the footage, until sometime later in the day around 8 o clock when it was tampered with and we couldn’t get any network anymore”
Penpushing further reports that, Omomuwasa said the company uses automatic plate number recognition, which helps the company classify cars and recognise plate numbers and surveillance camera called PTZ, stating that, “because we operate an electronic tolling system, we power it with different types of devices,”.
The Director who presented official communication of the company to staff members, pictures of damaged equipment and other official circulars to the panel, said the advertisement boards at the Lekki Tollgate are not directly managed by the company, neither is the company responsible for lightning them.
Penpushing also reports that, Omomuwasa when asked whether the management or staff of the company were present at the time of shooting, said none of the company officials were available, having asked to close following the curfew imposed by the state government, adding, “physically, no. All that we can say today is relying on the footage, the camera, the video footage that we have’.
The Managing Director added that security officers of the company were also not available at the time of the incident, explaining that this was due to the progression of the police brutality protest in which some protesters were alleging that the company wanted to use police officers to intimidate them.
Penpushing also reports that, the All the presented materials were accepted by the panel to enhance investigation and received the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage as an exhibit, which is to be play when the panel decides and subsequently adjourned the case for further hearing till Friday.