After several days of denial by the Nigerian Army to be at the Lekki Toll Plaza on 20/10/20, they accepted. This acceptance was after the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu admits that soldiers were present at the location of the massacre. Furthermore, Army PRO, Osoba Olaniyi said soldiers were not involved with the protest until they were invited by the Governor. However, it denies shooting civilian protesters.
“The attention of Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral video on social media in which it was alleged that civilian protesters were massacred by soldiers at Lekki Toll Plaza. This allegation is untrue, unfounded and aimed at causing anarchy in the country.
“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.
“This allegation is the handwork 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”