Nigerians have taken to social media to express outrage after Nigerian Army claimed that videos of shootings at Lekki Toll Gate mere photoshopped.
A statement by The Nigerian Defence Headquarters stated that the videos circulating online showing the Nigerian Soldiers opening fire at unarmed protesters were not true.
This was made known by Major General John Eneche, Nigerian Defence Headquarters’ Director of Information during a press conference on Thursday.
According to Eneche,
“The issue is not an operation that I can respond to, but I can tell you that it is an allegation, for now; so let us not set the cart before the horse.
“If the matter was still open-ended, I would have had a response for you but it is no longer open-ended, because immediately, not even up to five hours before midnight, the Governor of Lagos set up an inquiry. So, whatever we say now will not be fair to the commission.
“So these operations are still standing and running and I am aware that the state governments are using them in all these capacities, that is internal security.
“The level we are now is internal security and that is why the police proactively came out and then deployed all their force package that are necessary to handle that (violence).”
On absence of security operatives on the streets during the violence and widespread looting in Lagos by hoodlums, Enenche said;
“They were on the grounds; maybe, they were not visible in all places.”
See Video and reactions from Nigerians Below.