#EndSARS: Over 70 Corpses Still Unclaimed – Falana Speaks

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Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has stated that corpses of over 70 persons killed during the #EndSARS protest are yet to be claimed by family.

Speaking with Punch on Sunday, Falana disclosed that only about 20 families have claimed their corpse while majority do not know that their family or relatives have been killed.

Recall that the Chief Coroner of Lagos State, Mojisola Dada, had in a public announcement on November 19, 2020, called on relatives of people who lost their lives between October 19 and 27 to visit the Lagos State Teaching Hospital to identify and claim bodies of their loved ones.

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.”

Falana explained that this was not the first time that people would fail to show up to claim corpses of relatives.

He said this was similar to the case of the killing of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Zaria, Kaduna State in 2015 by the Nigerian Army, when only 15 relatives out of the 347 buried in mass graves came forward.

The ASCARB chairman said similarly, most of the relatives of the 938 persons killed in the riots that ensued after the announcement of the 2011 presidential election result also did not show up.

“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.

Culled from Punch

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