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Lekki shooting: Buratai fires back at CNN over investigative report

Tochi Juliet
By Tochi Juliet
Lekki shooting: Buratai fires back at CNN over investigative report

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has maintained that the Nigerian Army was professional in its conduct during the EndSARS protest that ravaged the whole nation.

Buratai remarked in response to a report by CNN on the shooting of End SARS protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos State.

In a detailed documentary, CNN released its finding from an investigative standpoint on what happened on 20th October 2020 at Lekki toll gate, where Nigerian soldiers massacred Nigerian youths.

The footage was released after a series of exclusive interviews involving those at the venue of the Lekki shooting.

The footage of what exactly happened at the Lekki toll gate was a serious indictment to the Nigerian army and the Nigerian government.

On 20th October 2020, at Lekki toll gate Lagos, Nigerian soldiers shot EndSARS peaceful protesters. As a result, many lives were lost while many were injured.

Unfortunately, the Nigerian army has denied ever using live bullets on EndSARS peaceful protesters.

Following the protest that lasted for twelve days in major Nigerian cities and towns, some states had set up a judicial panel of inquiry.

However, reports have it that some security personnel are still moving from house to house to arrest some of those who participated in the protest.

Reacting to the CNN report, Buratai said the Nigerian Army would never operate outside the rules of engagement.

“Let me assure you and all Nigerians that the Nigerian Army is professional. We follow our rules of engagement. Nigerians should feel safe.

“We abide by rules of engagement and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”