The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar, Abubakar Malami on Monday said it is likely that hoodlums wearing military fatiques and not soldiers shot #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos state.
Barely two weeks ago, protests across major cities and states calling for the disbandment of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) took the country and escalated.
Days after the protest, the controversial police unit was disbanded but the protests persisted as citizens demanded reforms in the force.
Protesters converged on the tollgate for 13 days before they were forcefully dispersed by soldiers.
While there are still disparities in the number of casualties, there are several reports that some of the protesters were killed by the soldiers who stormed the tollgate on October 20, 2020.
The AGF while speaking with journalists on Monday in Abuja said 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
The AGF added 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,” the AGF said.
The Lekki tollgate incident had sparked off outrage across the country.