#LEKKIMASSACRE: LASG Invited Us To Lekki Toll Gate—–Nigerian Army

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Following intense reactions from Nigerians over the Lekki toll gate shooting of October 20, The Nigerian Army has come out to say that they were not there at the scene on their own but that it was summoned by the Lagos State Government.

Recall that both the military and Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, earlier denied the involvement of the military in the shooting and killing of protesters.

The Governor had blamed “forces beyond our control” for the attack while insisting that he had no authority over military engagements.

Confirming the report of being summoned to engage the protesters by the state government, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major Osoba Olaniyi, said the state government called in the military.

He said, “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 killed, suspects in police custody released and weapons carted away.

“The situation was fast degenerating into anarchy. It was at this point that LASG requested for the military to intervene in order to restore normalcy.”

He, however, insisted that the army did not open fire on the protesters. Although the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, earlier claimed troops were at Lekki to “ensure compliance with the curfew imposed by legitimate civil authorities in Lagos and other states”.

Olaniyi stated that the military never shot at protesters, and called out those he referred to as mischief-makers as been behind the false information aimed at discrediting and tarnishing the image of the Nigerian Army.

“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 for internal security operations.

“Finally, Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army reiterates Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities did not shoot at any civilian as there is 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.”

Peaceful and unarmed protesters were shot at during the #ENDSARS protest at the Lekki toll gate on October 20, several sources claimed that over 30 persons lost their lives with many more sustaining various degrees of injuries.