Lagos Govt Invited Soldiers, But We Didn’t Shoot At protesters – Nigerian Army
The Nigerian Army has finally disclosed that it was Lagos State government that invited its men to Lekki Tollgate in Lagos, in the wake of #EndSARS protests last Tuesday.
It also said that its men did not shoot at protesters at the scene, describing the allegation of killing of protesters by Soldiers as unfounded.
In a press statement released by Major Osoba Olaniyi, Acting Deputy Director, 81 Division Army Public Relations, it stated that, Soldiers got to Lekki tollgate on the request of Lagos State.
The statement read: “The attention of Headquarters 81 Division of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral video on social media in which it was alleged that civilians protesters were massacred by Soldiers at the Lekki Toll plaza.
“This allegation is untrue, unfounded and aimed at causing anarchy in the country. At no time did Soldiers of the Nigerian Army open fire on any civilian.
“From the onset of the EndSARS protest, there was no time personnel of 81 Division Nigerian Army, Lagos was involved.
“However, the decision to call in the Military was taken by the Lagos State Government after a 24-hour curfew was imposed. This was as a result of the violence which led to several Police stations being burnt, Policemen being killed, suspects in Police custody released and weapons carted away.
“The situation was fast degenerating into anarchy. It was at this point that Lagos State Government requested the Military to intervene, in order to restore normalcy.
“The intervention of the Military followed all laid down procedures for internal security operations. And all the Soldiers involved acted within the confines of the Rules of Engagement, ROE for internal security operations.
“Finally, headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army reiterates that the Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities did not shoot at any civilian as there are glaring and convincing evidence to attest to this fact.
“This allegation is the handwork of mischief makers who will stop at nothing to tarnish the image of the Nigerian Army. The general public is hereby enjoined to discountenance this allegation, as there is no iota of truth therein.”