Sanwo-Olu says those responsible for Lekki shooting of peaceful #EndSARS protesters will be punished

A judicial panel has been tasked with investigating the incident.

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says everyone culpable for the shooting will be held accountable [Twitter/@jidesanwoolu]

Eyewitnesses reported on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 how soldiers of the Nigerian Army fired live ammunition at them at the Lekki-Epe toll gate in Lagos.

The eyewitnesses were protesters who had shut down the lucrative toll gate for over one week as part of nationwide demonstrations against police brutality.

At least seven people were reported dead by eyewitnesses, even though the Lagos government has only officially acknowledged two.

A judicial panel, headed by the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, has been tasked with investigating the incident which caused local and international outrage.

While speaking during an interview with CNN on Monday, October 26, Sanwo-Olu said even though he doesn't have control of the Army, he'll ensure a thorough investigation is done so that offenders don't go unpunished.

"We'll do everything to ensure they're held accountable.

"The report will be out and we'll channel it to all the relevant authorities to ensure that everyone found culpable is accountable for the act," he said.

Despite numerous videos online showing soldiers on the scene, the Nigerian Army has relentlessly denied involvement in the shooting, and refused to offer up additional information.

However, Sanwo-Olu confirmed during Monday's interview that the video showed military officers at the toll gate.

Tuesday night's shooting was the escalation of a prolonged wave of demonstrations against police brutality, particularly by officers of SARS, a notorious unit that was dissolved one week into the protests.

Eyewitnesses reported Nigerian soldiers fired at peaceful #EndSARS protesters who waved the nation's flag and sang the national anthem at the toll gate on Tuesday evening.

The Nigerian Army has bizarrely denied involvement in the shooting without offering up additional information other than branding reports as "Fake News" on social media.

President Muhammadu Buhari also failed to acknowledge the incident during a national broadcast days after the incident.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

Couple serves ‘gari soaking’ to guests at wedding reception (video)

Couple serves ‘gari soaking’ to guests at wedding reception (video)

Man from Benin balances 735 eggs on his head to enter Guinness World Records (video)

Man from Benin balances 735 eggs on his head to enter Guinness World Records (video)

How to orgasm together, here are 5 tips for couples

How to orgasm together, here are 5 tips for couples

Dating in Lagos: Looking for love but finding sex

Dating in Lagos: Looking for love but finding sex

‘The editors didn’t do their job’ - Nikki Samonas reacts to her steamy sex scene with Jim Iyke

‘The editors didn’t do their job’ - Nikki Samonas reacts to her steamy sex scene with Jim Iyke

'God told me he created my transgender son in his image' - mother of Angel Maxine (WATCH)

'God told me he created my transgender son in his image' - mother of Angel Maxine (WATCH)

“I’m very sorry mum & dad – Ghanaian lady caught on camera 'serving' blowjob in nightclub

“I’m very sorry mum & dad” – Ghanaian lady caught on camera 'serving' blowjob in nightclub

Do you know about Queen Luwoo, the first and only female Ooni of Ife?

Do you know about Queen Luwoo, the first and only female Ooni of Ife?

Vaginal massage: Here's your ultimate guide and why it's good for your sex life

Vaginal massage: Here's your ultimate guide and why it's good for your sex life