Reddington Hospital has told 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 people with gunshots or other wounds from the Lekki Toll Gate on the night of last October 20.
It said the number of people brought to the facility that night were so many that staff at the hospital’s Lekki and Victoria Island branches were overwhelmed by the crowd.
One of the hospital’s trauma and orthopedic surgeons, Babajide Lawson, told the panel that he attended to the patients that night.
He described the situation as “a mass gathering”.
According to him, the medical facility may not have been able to keep complete records because of the number.
The Nigerian Army has been accused of opening fire with live bullets on peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate demanding an end to police brutality using the hash tag #EndSARS.
The protesters have submitted petitions to the panel alleging that men of the Army’s 81 Division shot at and killed several #EndSARS protesters that night, a claim the Army denied.
The Army has, however, shunned further appearance at the panel, without giving any reason.
Lawson, who answered a summons to the hospital following application by #EndSARS protesters’ lawyer, Mr Adesina Ogunlana, testified he personally treated six of the patients that night.
He said from the next day, the number of patients tripled.
He said he had to keep shuttling between the hospital’s Victoria Island branch where he was stationed and its Lekki facility to help out.
The hospital had earlier appeared before the panel on January 6, to represent medical reports of about 20 patients brought to the hospital on the night of the Lekki shooting.