The Lagos State judicial panel on restitution for victims of SARS’ related abuses and other matters, sitting in Lagos on Saturday, adjourned to a date to be communicated to counsels on an application brought before it by the Lagos State government.
The panel said the move is to allow the call for two experts as its witness after the conclusion of all the petitions relating to the Lekki tollgate incident of 20th October, 2020.
The panel in a statement stated that the “decision to adjourn ruling on the matter arose from the petitioner closing his case in the petition of Lucky Philemon vs the Nigeria Army and when the panel asked for the response of the respondent which is the Nigeria Army, the Lagos State government counsel A. J. Owonikoko (SAN), then informed the panel of his application to call two experts as witness to testify in response to all the petitions relating to the Lekki tollgate petitions collectively after the close of the cases.
“His application was aligned with by Mr. Rotimi Seriki (SAN) counsel to LCC who also applied to call a witness to do same collectively to all the Lekki tollgate plaza petitions after the close of the cases.
“The application was opposed by the counsel to the petitioner, Mr. Chinedu Nwota and Mr. Adesina Ogunlana, a counsel to some EndSARS protesters, who raised the issue of locus standi of the applicants on the grounds that they are not the counsel of the Nigeria Army or it’s representative.
“Ruling on the matter, the panel adjourned all other petitions slated for hearing today which were all on the Lekki tollgate plaza incident until the panel’s decision on the application which will be communicated to counsels in due course.
“The panel then rose for the day, to resume sitting next week.”