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.
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.
Someone who called the protest an ” insurrection “..
48 hours before the Army treated protesters as Insurrectionists is not on your side.
Sega was not allowed to lead and he made sure he switched sides.
Lekki Toll should never be opened but Namas work for a paymaster..
— William (@_SirWilliam_) February 6, 2021
If you saw the part Sega played during the protests and you’re still shocked about this, I am sorry for you. https://t.co/yK1wW7NO9i
— A Fine, Rich Woman (@Orifunke) February 6, 2021
This is why Sega is on the panel.
— C | 20.10.2020 (@Clarenceonyeks) February 6, 2021
Sega will soon write a thread filled with usual thesaurus abuse telling you why he voted to open Lekki Toll Gate..
My own is, every atrocity against #EndSARS protesters should be well documented..
Because Omo, we need to be brutal in writing out history, very brutal!!
— William (@_SirWilliam_) February 6, 2021
“I will not shit on Sega’s work, he has been bailing people from sars for years, he must be included and respected”
Sega has shit on the innocent lives that were killed, injured and traumatised at the Lekki Toll Gate & I wonder if you people will still keep kissing his ass.
— Elon Mosque (@That_IjebuBadoo) February 6, 2021
Niggas were defending SegaLink because they did not like Feminist Co only for him to vote for Lekki Toll to be Opened. A mockery to the people that died there, Is that your fucking King? There was no Agenda against Sega he is a Shameless Fraud.
— Odogwu🤴 (@Daddy_Nomso) February 6, 2021
Our Fav Sega doing his favourite job and payment has changed hands 😂😂😂
He cant disappoint at all https://t.co/UWXmebiKse
— NEW SONG OUT NOW #ROLLERCOASTER (@kellyfreshmmy) February 6,
He explained his roles in the reopening of the plaza
Like the few outliers that I have come to know & studied, there’s been plenty of motivation to take me out but it has never worked & it never will. I know the antagonistic confrontations, concern trolling, coordinated attacks & cyber mob attacks (Dogpiling) are not trivia.
— SEGA L’éveilleur®🚨 (@segalink) February 6, 2021