The Nigeria Army said Deployment of troops to Lekki Protest was based on a request from Lagos state government saying troops did not kill anybody at the scene of the protest.
A statement coming from the Acting Deputy Director, 81 Division of the Nigeria Army Public Relation, Major Olaniyi said troops deployed during the protest did not shoot any civilian
We were invited to enforce the curfew adding allegation on the massacre was untrue as we did not shoot at any protesters
The statement, titled: ‘Alleged Massacre of Protesters at Lekki Toll Plaza,’ read: “The attention of Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral video 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 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.
“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 in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities, it did not shoot at any civilian as there are glaring and convincing evidence to attest to this fact.”
The statement described the allegation as the handiwork of mischief makers who will stop at nothing to tarnish the image of the Nigerian Army.
It urged the public to discountenance the allegation as there is no iota of truth in it.
The government has serially denied its involvement of bringing in the military against lekki protesters, the Lagos state governor has consistently debunked the widespread rumour of state government involvement in Army invite against lekki protesters.
The Lekki toll gate was where #EndSARS protesters protesting against Police Brutality gathered which has its extension in all parts of the states in the federation where it was reported that the Army besieged the location and cased mayhem on protesters where it was alleged killing took place.
But in finding a lasting solution and trying to cool frayed nerves, the Lagos state governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu agrees with part of the protesters demand and commissioned a panel of inquiry to look into injustices of Special anti-robbery squad and where it later added those that were affected at the lekki toll gate clash, whilst urging those affected to bring forward those that were injured for proper compensation.