Hoodlums likely behind Lekki shooting — Malami

The Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, has said it is likely that hoodlums wearing military fatigues — and not soldiers — shot #EndSARS protesters on October 20, 2020, at the Lekki tollgate, Lagos State.

Speaking with journalists on Monday, November 2, in Abuja, the AGF said an investigation is underway to ascertain what truly happened at the Lekki tollgate.

Malami said it was “pre-emptive” to conclude that there had even been shootings, adding that “hoodlums” may have been hired to create a scene.

“You cannot rule out the possibility of perhaps hoodlums that set in to create a scene… could equally partake in the process,” he said.

The Lekki tollgate incident had sparked off outrage across the country.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos state governor, blamed the incident on “forces beyond my direct control”.

But the Osoba Olaniyi, acting director, army public relations, said the Lagos government invited the army to restore order.

However, he denied that soldiers shot protesters, describing reports on the attack by the military as fake.

The army also said it will not disclose the identity of its men who were sent to Lekki tollgate on October 20.

The judicial panel set up by the Lagos state government to probe alleged brutality by the disbanded SARS has already commenced sitting.

The panel visited the Lekki tollgate last Friday.

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