Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), says it’s doubtless that hoodlums carrying navy fatigues — and never troopers — shot #EndSARS protesters on the Lekki tollgate in Lagos state.
About two weeks in the past, protests calling for the disbandment of the particular anti-robbery squad (SARS) took flight throughout the nation.
The police unit was disbanded however the protests persevered as residents demanded reforms within the pressure.
Protesters converged on the tollgate for 13 days earlier than they had been forcefully dispersed by troopers.
There are reviews that a few of the protesters had been killed by the troopers who stormed the tollgate on October 20, 2020, however there are disparities within the variety of casualties and no clear proof has been produced.
Talking with journalists on Monday in Abuja, the AGF stated investigation is underway to determine what really occurred on the Lekki tollgate.
Malami stated it was “pre-emptive” to conclude that there had even been shootings, including that “hoodlums” might have been employed to create a scene.
“You can not rule out the potential for maybe hoodlums that set in to create a scene… might equally partake within the course of,” the AGF stated.
The Lekki tollgate incident had sparked off outrage throughout the nation.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos state governor, blamed the incident on “forces beyond my direct control”.
However the Osoba Olaniyi, performing director, military public relations, stated the Lagos authorities invited the army to revive order.
Nevertheless, he denied that troopers shot protesters, describing reviews on the assault by the navy as pretend.
The military additionally stated it is not going to disclose the identity of its men who had been despatched to Lekki tollgate on October 20.
The judicial panel arrange by the Lagos state authorities to probe alleged brutality by the disbanded SARS has already commenced sitting.
The panel visited the Lekki tollgate final Friday.