Lagos state Governor Sanwo-Olu has confirmed that men of the Nigerian Army were deployed to the venue of the #ENDSARS protest at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday, October 20.
There have been ongoing protests in Nigeria over two weeks with citizens agitating for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, over flagrant disregard of their human right.
However, that took a grief-stricken turn in Lekki, Lagos state on Tuesday night as defenceless protesters were gunned down by soldiers, following an alleged order by the Lagos state government to security forces to crackdown on defaulters of a hastily imposed restriction.
The shooting led to the death of several people as many were also injured.
Security operatives had stormed the scene of the protest after the Lagos Government announced a 24-hour curfew and opened fire, with the intent to kill many people.
As many turned up to social media to share the Live video clips of the tragic incident, many people could be seen with various degrees of injuries. The scale of the damage could not be ascertained.
The Nigerian Army in response to the shooting, denied any involvement, though the Lagos state Governor has now come out to confirm their deployment.
He made this known in a press briefing earlier today, as he stated that he has instructed for an investigation to be carried out to determine why the military were deployed to Lekki.
”It is imperative to explain that no sitting governor controls of engagement of the military. I have nonetheless instructed an investigation into the ordered and adopted rules of engagement implored by the officers and men of the Nigerian Army that were deployed to the Lekki tollgate last night.
This is with the view to taking it up with the higher command of the Nigerian Army and to seek the intervention of Mr President in his capacity as the commander in chief to unravel the sequence of events that happened yesterday night.” he said