On Tuesday lastweek the 81 division of the Nigerian army denies shooting at protesters in lekki toll gate.
Major Osoba Olaniyi,The Acting Director Army Public Relations, in a statement, however, confirmed the involvement of soldiers in restoring order in Lagos following the declaration of curfew by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The statement reads, “The attention of Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army has gone viral on social media in which it was alleged that civilian protesters were massacred by soldiers at 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 were involved.”
“However, the decision to call in the military was taken by the Lagos State Government (LASG) after a 24- hour curfew was involved.”
“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 a total lack of organized control . It got to a point where the LASG requested for the military to put in order to restore the situation .”
“The intervention of the military carried 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 Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities did not shoot at any civilian as there are conspicuous and convincing evidence to attest to this fact.”
“This allegation is the hand work of mischief makers who will stop at nothing to tarnish the image of the Nigerian Army.
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NIGERIAN ARMY DENIES SHOOTING AT LEKKI TOLL GATE