Former Inmate Tells Coroner Inquest How Armed Guard Kills 150 Inmates

A Lagos State Coroner Inquest set up to unravel the killings that occurred in Ikoyi Correctional center in 2020 during EndSARS, has heard how armed guard killed no fewer than 150 people during the invasion.

A former inmate, Mr Christian Akara, gave this revelation in his evidence in chief while being led in a witness box before Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, of the Lagos Island Coroner Division sitting at Surulere Magistrates’ Court.

The Coroner Inquest was to unravel the circumstances that led to the killing of some inmates in the prison on October 22, 2020 during the EndSARs crisis.

Akara was responding to questions from Mrs Amanda Demechi-Asagba, an interested party in the inquest and counsel for a deceased inmate, Shola Raphael.

Demechi-Asagba is also the President of the African Women Lawyers Association.

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He said while he was at the custodial centre, he volunteered as a teacher under the Muharam Sisters, a non-governmental organisation, to teach some inmates English Language.

The witness said he saw a number of armed men entering the facility and shooting directly at inmates.

He said the armed squad shot inmates at the centre around 11.59am, adding that no fewer than 150 people lost their lives during the attack.

Akara said, “I went to Cell D5 for safety because my cell wasn’t safe. After all the shootings, the armed men ordered us to move from Cell D5 to Cell D7 and shot the last person.

“They also shot the governor of Cell D7, Ifeanyi. Some of us were chosen to carry the dead bodies. There were more than 150 dead bodies.

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We observed starvation for two weeks after the invasion. There was no food, and we barely had enough water to drink.”

He identified some of those killed to include one Promise Nnuigwe of Cell B2, one Raphael Olusola of Cell D8, and one Ifeanyi of Cell D7.

Asked why he chose to testify, Akara said, “I want those responsible for the attack to be brought to book

The Coroner, Komolafe, adjourned the case till December 19 and 20 for further hearing.




Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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