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Lagos Govt’s Shocking Approval: N61m Enables Mass Burial for 103 ENDSARS Victims, Leaked Memo Reveals

A leaked memo addressed to the Lagos State Ministry of Health has caused uproar on social media. The memo reveals that the State Government approved a whopping N61,285,000 for the mass burial of 103 individuals who were identified as victims of the 2020 EndSARS protests. The memo, dated July 19, 2023, outlines the process for the release of funds following approval by the Governor.

According to reports, a Ministerial Tenders’ Board Meeting recently discussed the recommendations made by the Procurement Planning Committee. Interestingly, no objections were raised to awarding the mass burial contract to a funeral service provider.

  1. The leaked memo also specifies that the approved company must remit relevant taxes and deductions.

The Lagos State Ministry of Health has confirmed the authenticity of the letter. They released a statement on Sunday evening, clarifying that the details had been misconstrued.

In defense of their actions, the State Government argued that the victims mentioned in the memo were individuals who lost their lives during the violence that ensued after the EndSARS protests. It is worth noting that there has been ongoing controversy over the exact number of deaths resulting from the protests. The Governor established an inquest led by Justice Doris Okuwobi to investigate these claims.

  1. The memo was leaked more than two years after the nationwide protests took place. The Lagos Government, however, has yet to comment on the document.

During the EndSARS protests, thousands of Nigerians came out to the streets to demand an end to police brutality and push for comprehensive reforms, especially regarding the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the police force. The demonstrations, which received international attention, came to a head with the controversial shooting of protesters at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos, a prominent meeting point for demonstrators.

Contrary to claims made in the leaked memo, the Lagos State Government has stated that the victims earmarked for burial were not connected to the Lekki Tollgate incident.

Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, clarified that bodies were collected by the Lagos State Environmental Health Unit (SEHMU) following the #EndSARS violence and community clashes. The areas mentioned include Fagba, Ketu, Ikorodu, Orile, Ajegunle, Abule-Egba, Ikeja, Ojota, Ekoro, Ogba, Isolo, and Ajah in Lagos State. Dr. Ogboye also mentioned a jailbreak at Ikoyi Prison.

“The 103 casualties mentioned in the document were from these incidents and NOT from the Lekki Tollgate as being alleged. For the avoidance of doubt, no body was retrieved from the Lekki Toll Gate incident,” the statement from the Ministry of Health read.

The leaked memo:

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