Nigeria’s army has said the decision to call in the military to restore calm in the streets of the commercial hub of Lagos during protests against police brutality was taken by the state government.
The army said the request was made after Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had imposed a state-wide 24-hour curfew on 20 October.
The governor last week accused “powers beyond his control” of shooting at protesters. He later said CCTV footage showed army personnel at Lekki toll gate, the scene of one of the shootings.
Rights group Amnesty International said at least 12 people were killed in two incidents in Lagos that day.
The army continues to deny involvement in the shooting. It said there “is no iota of truth” in any allegations that soldiers opened fire on civilians.