By Chuks Oyema-Aziken
The Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army has denied shooting at the #EndSARS Protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza, Lagos.
The Division in a statement on Tuesday described the allegation as untrue, unfounded and aimed at causing anarchy in the country.
The statement released by Major Osob Olaniyi Acting Deputy Director
81 Division Army Public Relations, in a reaction to the viral video on social media in said that “at no time did soldiers of the Nigerian Army open fire on any civilian”.
According to him “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 hours curfew was imposed.
“This was as 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 LASG requested for the military to intervene in order to restore 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 Rules of Engagement (ROE) for Internal Security operations.
“Finally, Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army reiterates that the Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities did not shoot at any civilian as there are glaring and convincing evidence to attest to this fact.
“This allegation is 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 is no iota of truth therein.”