An independent CNN investigation has shed a new light on the violent military clampdown on #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos state.
On October 20, Nigeria drew global attention when armed soldiers stormed the popular Lekki toll plaza where anti-police brutality protesters gathered peacefully and fired gunshots.
Shortly after the incident, Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in a press conference stated that no sitting governor controls the rules of engagement of the military.
He later granted an interview to CNN on October 26 where he stated that only two deaths were recorded from the incident. He added that he visited the scene the next day and couldn’t find bloodstains.
Also on the day of the incident, the Nigerian Army took to Twitter to deny claims that its personnel was at the scene of the incident, thereby tagging every media report as ‘Fake News’.
On October 27, the Army later broke its silence alleging that the Lagos state governor invited them to help quell the violence that erupted after the protest was hijacked by hoodlums. The Nigerian army recently also told the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry that it did not shoot at any civilian.
But in the 7 minute forensic investigation released by CNN Africa on Wednesday, a footage shared showed what appeared to be soldiers shooting at the crowd who had gathered to call for the end of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and reform of the Nigerian Police Force.
In its findings, CNN Africa spoke with a man, Elisha Sunday, whose brother, Victor, was killed during the October 20th shooting incident. The international media house also spoke with some of the protesters who were at the scene when the shooting occurred. They gave their own accounts, claiming the soldiers indeed fired shots at them.
The media house also tracked the bullets shells seen at the Toll Gate and the companies that supplied the Nigerian Army Weapons since 2005.
— CNN Africa (@CNNAfrica) November 18, 2020
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