The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, said there is a possibility that the October 20 shooting of protesters in Lekki was done by hoodlums and not soldiers, and that investigation needs to be carried out to determine who shot the protesters.
Malami disclosed this in a meeting with reporters in Abuja on Monday.
What you should know
Nairametrics reported on the 20th of October that several social media accounts revealed peaceful protesters were shot at by the Nigerian military at the Lekki toll gate holdout for the #EndSARS protest.
The Army initially denied saying that the alleged massacre of protesters at Lekki Toll Plaza was untrue, unfounded and aimed at causing anarchy in the country. The Army later stated that their presence was requested by the Lagos State Government to restore normalcy.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila announced last month that it is unavoidably and painfully clear that there were a number of casualties as a result of gunfire at the Lekki tollgate.
The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, earlier disclosed that the Judicial panel set up by the state would include the incident at Lekki toll gate.
Malami said on Monday in a news conference that it would be pre-emptive to say that there has even been a shooting and that the possibility the act was done by hoodlums should be considered.
“You cannot rule out the possibility of perhaps hoodlums that set in to create a scene… could equally partake in the process,” Malami said.