A former inmate, Mr Christian Akara, has stated that no
fewer than 150 persons were killed by an armed squad
during an invasion of the Ikoyi Custodial Centre, Lagos
Akara gave the testimony on Tuesday while speaking
before Magistrate A. O. Komolafe of the Lagos Island
Coroner Division sitting at Court 4, Surulere Magistrates’
Court, Lagos State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the coroner
inquest was to unravel the circumstances that led to the
killing of some inmates in the prison on October 22, 2020.
Akara was responding to questions from Mrs Amanda
Demechi-Asagha, an interested party in the inquest and
counsel for a deceased inmate, Shola Raphael.
Demechi-Asagha is also the President of the African
Women Lawyers Association.
He said while he was at the custodial centre, he volunteered
as a teacher under the Muharam Sisters, a non-
governmental organisation, to teach some inmates English
The witness said he saw a number of armed men entering
the facility and shooting directly at inmates.
He said the armed squad shot inmates at the centre around
11.59am, adding that no fewer than 150 people lost their
lives during the attack.
Akara said, “I went to Cell D5 for safety because my cell
wasn’t safe. After all the shootings, the armed men
ordered us to move from Cell D5 to Cell D7 and shot the
“They also shot the governor of Cell D7, Ifeanyi. Some
of us were chosen to carry the dead bodies. There were
more than 150 dead bodies.
“We observed starvation for two weeks after the
invasion. There was no food, and we barely had enough
water to drink.”
He identified some of those killed to include one Promise
Nnuigwe of Cell B2, one Raphael Olusola of Cell D8, and
one Ifeanyi of Cell D7.
Asked why he chose to testify, Akara said, “ I want those
responsible for the attack to be brought to book.”
The Coroner, Komolafe, adjourned the case till December 19
and 20 for further hearing.