The Nigerian Army has stated that at no time did soldiers opened fire on civilian protesters, says troops were invited by the Sanwo-Olu-led government after he imposed a curfew last Tuesday.
This was contained in a statement by the 81 Division spokesperson, Major Osoba Olaniyi, on Tuesday, October 27.
“The decision to call in the military was taken by the Lagos State Government 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,” he said.
Major Olaniyi debunked the widespread speculation that soldiers fired at peaceful protesters, that allegation, reported by numerous eyewitnesses, was sponsored by ‘mischief makers’ to tarnish the Army’s image.
“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 for Internal Security operations,” he added.
Sanwo-Olu said on Monday, he will ensure that a thorough investigation is done so that offenders don’t go unpunishe