#EndSARS Crime & Justice

Lekki Toll Gate Killings: Army Deny shooting protesters

Lagos State Government says it will investigate last night’s Lekki Toll Gate killings of #EndSARS protester in Lagos.

Both the Army and the State Government deny complicity in the shooting which wasted five lives, according to witnesses.

The youths accuse soldiers of opening fire on them as they huddled at the plaza singing the national anthem.

They report five of their colleagues fatally wounded and their bodies immediately evacuated to an unknown destination by soldiers.

Lagos Governor counted 25 among the wounded, all currently receiving medical attention at various hospitals in the State.

“There are 10 patients at the General Hospital, 11 at Reddington, and four at Vedic with mild to moderate levels of injuries.

“Two are receiving intensive medical care, and another three patients have been discharged, and the state will continue to monitor and ensure all patients get the best care whatsoever,” he tweeted last night.

The army has swiftly denied accusations that it was soldiers that shot and killed #EndSARS youth protesters.

Lagos State Government spokesperson, Gbenga Omotosho, had suggested in a statement that criminal elements may have infiltrated the ranks of #EndSARS protesters.

The governor described the killers as “forces beyond our direct control,” hinting at federal forces sent to monitor and control the protesters.

The killings occured a few hours after the State government ordered citizens indoors by announcing a 24-hour curfew.

Omotosho however said that security agents were advised not to arrest anyone who violates the curfew.

The curfew, he said, was to “stop criminals who hid under the #EndSARS protests to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens.”

“The Governor will do everything within his power to ensure that the lives of all Lagosians are protected at all times,” he said.

Prior to the Lekki toll gate killings, the youths shared videos of Lagos officials removing CCTV monitors at the toll Plaza.

The area was subsequently plunged into darkness as public power supply was cut off.

In Abuja, videos of security agents mobilising thugs and taking them to confront the protesters were also shared by the youths.