Although the Nigerian army has agreed to being present at the site of the Lekki shooting, they have denied shooting at the peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate.
The Acting Deputy Director, 81 Division, Army Public Relations, Osoba Olaniyi, in a statement that was released confirmed that military men were present at the site of the Lekki shooting but he also stated that the tales flying around about the massacre of the protesters by the officers were untrue and won’t do any one good in listening to them.
He also revealed that it was the Lagos State Government that ordered the military to visit the site of the protest after the 24-hour curfew was announced.
“From the onset of the #EndSARS, there was no time personnel of the 81 Division, Nigerian Army Lagos, were involved,” the statement read.
“This was 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 the LASG requested for the military to intervene in order to restore normalcy.”
This revelation is coming right after the Military initially termed the news of the Lekki shooting as ‘Fake News’.
In light of this new development, the state government stated that an investigation is already underway and him, Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu is yet to truly state who gave the army the orders.
In an interview with CNN, the governor said: “from the footage that we could see, because there were camera’s at that facility, it seemed to me that they will be men in military uniform which should be the Nigerian Army.”
When asked further about the role the military played in the shooting, he said: “yes, they were there, that’s what the footage shows”.
Contrary to what the Governor said on the number of casualties, videos have been circulating online on a number of injured and dead victims at the site of the shooting.
“Two dead bodies. That is what we have seen from all the morgues, that is what we have going to hospitals, that is what we have seen as records”.
“What has happened is, there have been so many footages that people have shown but we have not seen bodies”.
“We’ve not seen relatives, we have not seen anybody truly coming up to say indeed I am a father or mother to someone and I cannot find that person”.
“I have been to the ground and there’s no scratch of blood anywhere”.