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Lekki Massacre: Governor Sanwo-Olu Addresses Residents Of Lagos, Confirms Deployment Of Army & Killings Of The #EndSARS Protesters | Details

Lekki Massacre: Governor Sanwo-Olu Addresses Residents Of Lagos, Confirms Deployment Of Army & Killings Of The #EndSARS Protesters | Details

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in his press briefing on Wednesday morning, October 21, confirmed that men of the Nigerian Army were deployed to the venue of the #ENDSARS protest at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday, October 20.

In his speech, the governor said he has instructed for an investigation to be carried out to determine why the military were deployed to Lekki.

”It is imperative to explain that no sitting governor controls of engagement of the military. I have nonetheless instructed an investigation into the ordered and adopted rules of engagement implored by the officers and men of the Nigerian Army that were deployed to the Lekki tollgate last night.

This is with the view to taking it up with the higher command of the Nigerian Army and to seek the intervention of Mr President in his capacity as the commander in chief to unravel the sequence of events that happened yesterday night,”

he said.

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It would be recall that immediately after the shooting of the EndSARS protesters, the Nigerian Army went on its Twitter handle to deny the involvement of the military in the incident.

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Sanwo-Olu went on to apologise for the shooting of #EndSARS protesters yesterday. He condemned the attack by security forces.

He also announced suspension of all state activities for three days in solidarity with the ongoing #ENDSARS protests and agitations across the state. He stated the flag at all government facilities will be flown half- mast in the next three days.

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He also gave updates on the shootings of protesters. According to Sanwo-Olu, he went out all night with members of his team and they visited hospitals, mortuaries to get first hand information on casualties

The governor said 24 of the injured were being treated at three hospitals- General Hospital (10); Reddington Hospitals (eight) and another hospital (six) adding that three of the victims had surgery and about four would be discharged today.
Appealing for calm, Sanwo-Olu apologised to the youths, reiterating their anger was justified. He pleaded with parents/guardians to restrain their children/wards as government makes efforts to contain the situation.
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