The Lekki Concession Company (LCC) has submitted a video footage recorded by its surveillance cameras on October 20, 2020 to the Lagos judicial panel on #EndSARS. Abayomi Omomuwansa, managing director of LCC who made the submission to the panel on Tuesday, said the cameras stopped working from 8pm on the night of the shooting at the Lekki tollgate.
“I can confirm that inside here is the video footage that our surveillance camera was able to record for the 20th of October,” he said. Soldiers reportedly opened fire on Nigerians who had gathered at the tollgate to protest against police brutality.
According to witnesses, about 15 people were killed and scores injured. Omomuwansa said the surveillance cameras are called PTZ; wherein P enables the camera pan; T enables the camera tilt, and Z allows the camera to zoom. He said they were mounted on a mast at the tollgate.
Omomuwansa said the cameras were initially not tampered with — not until around 8pm when they stopped recording. The shooting was said to have started around 7pm. “I can confirm categorically that we never ever tampered with that surveillance cameras. That’s why we can still get the footage. Until 8 o’clock when it was tampered with and we couldn’t get any footage anymore,” he said.
The judicial panel had visited the tollgate where the LCC assured it that the recording from its closed-circuit television system (CCTV) on the night of the incident was intact. The company had also said the power outage on the night of the shooting was because its staff were withdrawn from office locations; hence they could not switch on backup generators when power was interrupted.