The allegation had been denied by the 81 division of the Nigerian Army (NA) that soldiers open fire on #ENDSARS protesters at Lekki toll plaza on 20th October 2020 (last Tuesday ).
As stated by the Acting Director Army Public Relation (ADPR), Major Osoba Olaniyi, the involvement of the soldiers in restoring order in Lagos following the declaration of curfew by the governor of the state Babajide Sanwo-olu was also confirmed by the division.
It was reported that this is the first time the division is talking about the incident that occurred last Tuesday.
It was reported that the attention of the 81 division of the headquarter of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a particular video going viral on social media which stated that civilians were massacred at the Lekki toll plaza.
It was claimed that the allegations were not true and that it was a way of creating anarchy in the country at large.
It was gathered that at no time did the Nigerian army soldiers open fire on the citizen found at the Lekki toll plaza.
However, the decision to bring in the Nigerian army was taken by the Lagos State government after which the 24 hours curfew was imposed.
The presence of the military personnel into the imposed curfew resulted in violence and lead to several police stations been burnt, policemen were killed, suspects in police custody were released, and weapons carted away.
The situation degenerated to anarchy at a very high speed, it was at this particular point that the Lagos State government requested military intervention to restore normalcy.
All laid down procedures for internal security operations were followed by the army during the intervention and Rules of Engagement (ROE) were strictly adhered to by the military officer.
Lastly, the 81 division Headquarters of the Nigerian army reiterates the army in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities did not shoot any civilian in course of the restoration of normalcy as there is convincing evidence to buttress the fact.
The allegation is simply the handwork of mischief-maker to tarnish the image and reputation of the Nigerian army.
The general public is hereby enjoined to ignore the allegation as there are no elements of truth in it.