The Nigerian Army has revealed that Lagos State government invited them to intervene in the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Toll gate.
This coming days after Governor Sanwo-Olu told CNN that the footage of the shooting showed that the Nigerian Army is responsible for the shooting.
In a statement on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, Army PRO Osoba Olaniyi disclosed that soldiers stayed away from the #EndSARS peaceful protesters until the government invited them to intervene by restoring order. He further said, while restoring order, soldiers did not shoot protesters, saying the reports on the attack of protesters by the Army is fake.
Read their statement below;
“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.
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 glaring 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. The general public is hereby enjoined to discountenance this allegation as there is no iota of truth therein.”