Nigeria Army denies shooting at #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll gate, Says they where invited by Lagos state govt to help enforce curfew

The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army (NA) has denied the allegation that soldiers opened fire on #ENDSARS protesters at the Lekki tract on Tuesday, October 20.

In a statement released by the Acting Director Army PR (ADPR), Major Osoba Olaniyi, the Division confirmed the involvement of soldiers in restoring order in Lagos following the imposition of a curfew on the state by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Read the statement below

The attention of Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral video on social media during which it had been alleged that civilian protesters were massacred by soldiers at Lekki Toll gate. This allegation is untrue, unfounded and aimed toward causing anarchy within the country.

At no time did soldiers of the Nigerian Army 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 choice to call in the military was taken by the Lagos state government (LASG) after a 24- hour curfew was imposed.

This was as a results of the violence which led to many police stations being burnt, policemen killed, suspects in police custody released and weapons carted away.

The situation was fast degenerating into anarchy. it had been at now that LASG requested for the military to intervene so as to revive 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 principles of Engagement (ROE) for Internal Security operations.

Finally, Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army reiterates Nigerian Army within the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities didn't shoot at any civilian as there are glaring and convincing evidence to attest to the present fact.

This allegation is that 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's no iota of truth therein.

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