#LekkiMassacre: We Gave Water To #EndSARS protesters, we Didn’t Shoot Anybody -Army
The Commanding Officer of the 65 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Salisu Bello, said that his men (soldiers) who were at Lekki Toll Gate did not shoot at any protesters on Tuesday 20, October.
Recall that some of the #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate were killed by the Nigerian Army who stormed the protest venue on Tuesday, 20/10/20.
The Army commander Salisu Bello, who appeared before the Lagos judicial panel said his men did not shoot at any protesters, rather he offered water to the protesters.
According to him, on arriving at the toll gate, he and his men urged the protesters to go home and respect the imposed curfew, but some hoodlums among them started throwing stones, bottles and other dangerous objects at them.
In a bid to disperse the hoodlums among the peaceful protesters, He fired blank ammunitions “upward” and no bullet was fired directly at the protesters.
“Nobody was shot dead at the Lekki toll gate”, he said.
“On getting to the tollgate, I persuaded the crowd to go home and observe the 24-hour curfew declared by the state government. But surprisingly, the hoodlums continued throwing stones, bottles and other dangerous objects at us and were burning tyre.
“I again fired some blank ammunition upward to scare the hoodlums away. But some protesters who were still at the tollgate sitting down quietly were given water and drinks by me while pleading with them to go home.
“We did not fire at the protesters. Blank ammunition were fired upward to scare the hoodlums from the crowd. Nobody was shot dead at the Lekki tollgate, there was no massacre as claimed. The claim that the military took away dead bodies was not true. The protesters were happy to see us as indicated in some of the video clips of 20th October 2020.”