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‘No Body Was Retrieved From Lekki Toll Gate’, Says Lagos Government

The Lagos State government has denied the allegations that the 103 “2020 EndSARS victims” scheduled for a mass burial were killed during the Lekki Tollgate shooting.

In a press statement on Sunday evening, Dr Olusegun Ogboye, the permanent secretary of the state’s ministry of health, said that “no body was retrieved from the Lekki Toll Gate incident”.

The claim, though, is the exact opposite of FIJ’s findings when it investigated the incident and found evidence of the killing of dozens of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate.

The government issued the statement hours after a letter from the Lagos State Government Public Procurement Agency titled ‘Letter of No Objection – Mass Burial for the 103, the Year 2020 ENDSARS Victims’ went viral.

The letter that went viral

According to the state government, those who claim that the casualties were from Lekki Tollgate were deliberately misinterpreting and sensationalising the letter to misinform the public and stir public sentiment.

The government said the 103 bodies were picked up in the aftermath of #EndSARS violence and community clashes in Fagba, Ketu, Ikorodu, Orile, Ajegunle, Abule-Egba, Ikeja, Ojota, Ekoro, Ogba, Isolo and the Ajah area of Lagos State.

Meanwhile, the letter sparked outrage among many Nigerians who were in support of the disbandment of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

In October 2020, peaceful protests rocked different parts of the country as thousands of young Nigerians took to the streets to kick against police brutality. The demonstration would later be known as the #EndSARS protest.

But what began as a peaceful demonstration at Lekki Tollgate in Lagos would later become violent as soldiers opened fire on the unarmed protesters.

Witnesses averred that some of the protesters were killed while others sustained different degrees of injuries in the ensuing fire from military men. However, since then, the government has maintained that no one died at Lekki Tollgate.

But contrary to the government’s insistence that no one died at the tollgate, an investigation published by FIJ revealed that at least 20 people died as a result of the shooting.



The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to some social media publications about a purported mass burial plan for casualties of the 2020 #EndSARS incident. Peddlers of the news are deliberately misinterpreting and sensationalizing a letter from the Lagos State Government Public Procurement Agency titled: Letter of No Objection – Mass Burial for the 103, the Year 2020 ENDSARS victims, to misinform the public, stir public sentiment and cause public disaffection against the Lagos State Government.

While the Lagos State Government would not have dignified the mischievous elements peddling such news with a response, we consider it appropriate to set the records straight and draw the attention of well-meaning citizens to the antics of some unscrupulous elements who are hell bent on disrupting the peace and tranquility of Lagos with distorted news and half-truth about the PPA letter.

It is public knowledge that the year 2020 #EndSARS crisis that snowballed into violence in many parts of Lagos recorded casualties in different areas of the State and NOT from the Lekki Toll Gate as being inferred in the mischievous publications.

For the records, the Lagos State Environmental Health Unit (SEHMU) picked up bodies in the aftermath of #EndSARS violence and community clashes at Fagba, Ketu, Ikorodu, Orile, Ajegunle, Abule-Egba, Ikeja, Ojota, Ekoro, Ogba, Isolo and Ajah areas of Lagos State, including a jailbreak at Ikoyi Prison. The 103 casualties mentioned in the document were from these incidents and NOT from Lekki Toll-gate as being alleged. For the avoidance of doubt, no body was retrieved from the Lekki Toll Gate incident.

In the aftermath of the #EndSARS violence, the office of the Chief Coroner invited members of the public Throughout public adverts and announcement who had lost loved ones or whose relatives had been declared missing between 19th and 27th October 2020 from various clashes as mentioned above, to contact the department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) to help with identification of these casualties deposited in State-owned morgues. Relatives were to undergo DNA tests for identification purposes. It is important to state categorically that nobody responded to claim any of the bodies.

However, after almost three years, the bodies remain unclaimed, adding to the congestion of the morgues. This spurred the need to decongest the morgues – a procedure that follows very careful medical and legal guidelines in the event that a relative may still turn up to claim a lost relative years after the incident.

Decongestion of our public morgues is a periodic and regular exercise approved by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to free up space in mortuaries that have a large number of unclaimed bodies.

Dr Olusegun Ogboye

Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Health

July 23, 2023

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