Nigerian army opened fire and told why it is impossible to talk about shooting at Lekki
After the fatal shelling of protesters at a toll station in Lekki, Lagos State, Defense Headquarters (DHQ) gave reasons why they would not speak about the matter yet.
According to The Nation, he insisted that pointing to the military side of the incident could jeopardize the findings of a commission of inquiry set up by Lagos Governor Babajide Sanvolu.
The shooting at the toll collection point in Lecchi on Tuesday night drew widespread criticism from both world leaders and the international community and human rights organizations.
Defense Media Operations Coordinator Major General John Henenche, answering questions from Defense Ministry correspondents at Abuja Defense Headquarters, said reports that soldiers were shooting and killing protesters were so far nothing more than accusations.
Not wanting to answer questions about the Lekki incident, Eneche said he urged Nigerians to remain calm and await the results of investigations by the established colleges.
According to him, “we are dealing with large operations, anything beyond that is what is called a MENSA operation, I might not want to go too deep into MENSA because it is not a large operation. We have nine operations and more. ancillary operations that I was asked to focus on.
“Operation MENSA is strictly subordinate to the political leadership of the various states in which they operate throughout the country and is the oldest of all operations. For this operation, the military, military aviation, civilian security and police are united. So these operations are still going on and I know that the state governments are using them in all these possibilities, namely: homeland security, the level we are now at is homeland security, and that’s why the police came out so preemptively and then deployed all of its Force package needed to manage it, so that’s where we are. So, if there was something and if it is true, why am I saying, is it true, because until this morning I also called analysts who analyzed videos that were Photoshop and put together, if not something that I am not allowed to would take it for you forwarded.
“The problem is not an operation that I can answer. But I can tell you that for now this is an accusation, so let’s not put the cart before the horse. If the question were still open, I would have an answer for you, but it is not open anymore, because immediately, not even earlier than five hours before midnight, the Governor of Lagos began an investigation, so all we say now is would be unfair to the Commission.