Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-olu, earlier denied that he knew nothing about the killing and shooting of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate area of the state by personnel of the Nigerian Army (See Here).
However, yesterday, soldiers involved in the operation have now confirmed that they were actually drafted in for the mission on the request of the Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-olu.
These soldiers had on Tuesday night, 20th of October, 2020, opened fire on the protesters, killing and injuring many of them.
These army personnel also prevented ambulances from accessing the scene so as to evacuate those who have been injured to the hospital.
However, it has now been revealed that these soldiers seized and carried away eight (8) corpses of protesters killed at the scene.
Recall that this incident triggered widespread violence across Lagos and other parts of the country, leading to the destruction of public properties and trending hashtags #LekkiMassacre and #LekkiMassacre2020.
Although, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu blamed ‘forces beyond our control’ for the attack, while insisting that he had no authority over military engagements, the soldiers involved in the heinous mission have now exposed the truth, with Bosch, the company that made the CCTV, confirming its removal from the toll gate..
The soldiers, who were deployed from 65 Battalion, Bonny Camp, Victoria Island, Lagos, told some of the victims’ relatives after dumping them at MRS Hospital that they were sent by Governor Sanwo-Olu.
“They came in two Hilux vans with at least eight (8) bodies. Some were still alive when they returned. They dumped them at MRS Hospital. They told us clearly that it was Governor Sanwo-Olu that sent them,” a brother to one of the victims, told SaharaReporters.
It was, however, gathered that against widespread belief by members of the public, Brigadier-General Francis Omata didn’t command the soldiers nor was there when shots were fired.
He was said to be at home when the shooting occurred and was shocked when people started calling him that soldiers were at the toll gate attacking protesters.
After rushing to the scene and identifying himself, Omata, was able to pull back the soldiers. He discovered that they were from 65 Battalion, Bonny Camp, which is headed by Lt Col S. O. Bello