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#EndSARS: We Treated Gunshot Victims- Reddington Hospital

On the 20th of October 2020, EndSARS protesters were allegedly shot and some killed at the Lekki toll gate, but the Federal Government had denied the allegations that the Nigeria military force was not responsible for that and that no one was killed.

However, a judicial panel has since been set up to Investigate the incident following the allegations that the Nigerian Army was responsible for the killings.

Reddington Hospital has however responded to the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS related abuses and other matters that it treated an overwhelming number of persons with gunshots or other wounds from the Lekki Toll Gate on the night of last October 20.

Babajide Lawson, who is one of the hospital’s trauma and orthopaedic surgeons, had told the panel that he attended to the patients that night, describing the situation as “a mass gathering”. He said that the medical facility might not have been able to record the correct number because it was a large crowd.

After the death of the Lekki toll gate victims, the other EndSARS protesters have submitted petitions to the panel, stating that men of the Army’s 81 Division shot at and killed several #EndSARS protesters that night, which was denied by the Army.

According to Lawson, “Being in charge of trauma means anybody that is involved in any form of traumatic injury, accident, gunshot and others will have to go through me first.BI saw a couple of them, the ones that needed admission, I admitted and the ones that did not were taken care of”.

Speaking further, he said that, “The thing is on that October 20, a lot of patients presented at the Lekki office, that’s the Lekki Hospital. I was shuttling between there and the VI office, which I represent. Later on the night of 20th, I also went to the Lekki office to assess and determine what amount of assistance they would require from me. I transferred some of the patients from the Lekki Hospital to the VI office”.

“On the first night, there were about six patients that I saw, subsequently, other patients came, trickled in, as days continued”, he added.

The surgeon made it known that the patients had varying degrees of injuries and were treated.


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