#EndSARS: Segalink labelled ‘a traitor’ for backing reopening of Lekki Tollgate

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Human rights activist, Segun Awosanya, popularly known as Segalink has come under attacks for supporting the reopening of the Lekki tollgate plaza by the Lekki Concession Company (LCC). He was called a traitor by some users of microblogging site, Twitter.

Lekki Toll plaza, was the iconic centre of the #ENDSARS protests which rocked the country in October 2020. Unarmed protesters at the plaza were allegedly shot by soldiers on October 20 in a bid to put an end to the protests.

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Segalink is believed to have started the #ENDSARS campaign in 2016 before it became a movement in 2020. He withdrew from the protest, claiming that it was hijacked for other purposes.

“Staging coordinated attacks on prominent reform advocates and then using a credible advocacy’s campaign to raise funds through an unregistered NGO, threatening the integrity of our nation and gunning for youth insurrection in the name of #EndSARS. Is this even sane?,” He had said days before soldiers opened fire on protesters.

TheLeadng reported that the Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Lagos State government to investigate the October 2020 Lekki shooting incident on Saturday approved the reopening of the Lekki Toll plaza despite opposition by four members of the nine-man panel.

While five members of the panel sat over the application of the LCC to repossess the Lekki tollgate plaza and listened to the submissions of their lawyers, including those of the Lagos State Government and EndSARS protesters, the other four members of the panel abstained from sitting, only to emerge from the inner chamber to read their dissenting judgement on the matter.

The four dissenting panel members are Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Olorunrinu Oduala, Temitope Majekodunmi and Patience Patrick Udoh, while those with the majority judgement of five were led by the panel chairman, Justice Doris Okuwobi (retd), Taiwo Lakanu DIG (retd), Lucas Koyejo, Mrs Oluwatoyin Odusanya and Segun Awosanya.

Counsel to the LCC, Rotimi Seriki (SAN), who disputed the position of the four dissenting panel members, was supported by Olukayode Enitan (SAN), counsel to the Lagos State Government, who prevented Mr Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa from reading his personal dissenting judgement as they accused him of being an interested party in the matter, having sued the government over the Lekki tollgate plaza in the past. Their argument made Olu-Adegboruwa to step down from reading his dissenting opinion.

The action of the dissenting panel members forced the panel to adjourn all other cases slated for mention.

 

He explained his roles in the reopening of the plaza