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#EndSARS Protests: Over 70 corpses are yet to be claimed by relatives- Falana


Legal luminary and the interim Chairman, Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond, Mr Femi Falana (SAN) has made a shocking revelation about the #EndSARS protests.

Acccording to him, over 70 corpses of persons killed in Lagos during the protests have not been claimed up till now.

In an interview with Punch, the legal icon stated that only about 20 families had come forward to claim bodies so far.

He added that up till this moment, many relatives don’t know that their relatives had been killed.

He said, “About 98 dead bodies were dumped in various mortuaries out of which three were dumped there on October 20. However, less than 20 relatives have shown up at the mortuaries to identify their loved ones and take them for burial.

“Investigations by ASCARB show that people are quietly mourning their dead and some are afraid. Others haven’t confirmed that they lost anybody. So far, less than 20 relatives have come to identify their loved ones. This is over a month after the announcement

“Some didn’t know their loved ones were there. Some have accepted their fate as an act of God.”

Acccording to him,  this was not the first time that people would fail to show up to claim corpses of relatives.

He also cited the the case of the killing of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Zaria, Kaduna State in 2015 by the Nigerian.

“The Ahmed Lemu presidential panel determined that 943 persons were killed in 11 states in the post-election violence, but very few relatives showed up. So, these sorts of things are not new,” said Falana.