Lagos State Government has authorized a mass burial for 103 corpses recovered following the October 2020 #EndSARS protests, clarifying that these bodies were not from the Lekki tollgate. The leaked letter from the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency indicated the approval for the mass burial at a cost of N61,285,000.
In response to the leaked information, the Ministry of Health emphasized that the casualties were not solely from the Lekki Tollgate incident but resulted from violence and community clashes in various areas of Lagos, including Fagba, Ketu, Ikorodu, Orile, Ajegunle, Abule-Egba, Ikeja, Ojota, Ekoro, Ogba, Isolo, and Ajah.
The #EndSARS panel had subpoenaed the Lagos State Chief Pathologist to produce records of unclaimed bodies, including autopsies, deposited with the state central morgue before and after the Lekki tollgate event. The report and ensuing White Paper did not attribute any named citizen’s death to the Lekki incident.
The planned mass burial comes after an advertisement in November 2020, where individuals were invited to contact the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital for identification of the casualties deposited in state-owned morgues. However, no one responded to claim any of the bodies, leading to the decision to decongest the morgues while following medical and legal guidelines.