Finally the Nigerian Army has finally admitted its soldiers were involved in the assault on protesters in Lekki, Lagos State on the 20th of October 2020 after series of denials.
A statement signed by the Acting Deputy Director of the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major Osoba Olaniyi says their involvement was as a result of the violence which led to several police stations being burnt , policemen killed and suspects in police custody released with weapons carted away. Its now a blame game the Army says it did not act alone, but got involved at the invitation of the Lagos State Government, after a 24-hour curfew was imposed by the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The “Lagos State Government requested for the military to intervene in order to restore normalcy” and that the military followed all laid down procedures for internal security operations” he added.
At no time did soldiers open fire on any civilian and says the viral video on social media alleging that civilians were killed by the military is untrue and aimed at causing anarchy in the country the division added.
Days after the incident, the Defence Headquarters, categorically denied that its personnel were at the scene of the incident. Spokesperson Major-General John Enenche in the media briefing last week Tuesday went further to allude that the videos showing soldiers could have been photoshopped.
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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on CNN admitted that the shooting of protesters was carried out by soldiers based on the footage from the incident. The Governor, however, disputed eyewitness accounts that dead bodies were taken away by the uniformed men, saying no one is yet to make any claim that a relative who was at the scene of the shooting on the 20th of October is missing.