“Videos of the shootings at the tollgate were photoshopped” – Defence spokesperson, Maj. Gen. John Eneche

October 22, 2020
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The Director of Information, Nigerian Defence Headquarters, Maj. Gen. John Eneche has claimed that the videos from the Lekki toll gate shooting on Tuesday, were photoshopped.

Eneche while addressing the media during a recent press conference, stated that the report of soldiers shooting the protesters, were mere allegations as some military analysts had dismissed as untrue.

He admitted that the military is involved in internal security operations codenamed ‘Operation MESA’ in nine states, but declined to disclose further details on the joint security task force.

In his words,

The issue is not an operation that I can respond to, but I can tell you that it is an allegation, for now; so let us not set the cart before the horse.

If the matter was still open-ended, I would have had a response for you but it is no longer open-ended, because immediately, not even up to five hours before midnight, the Governor of Lagos set up an inquiry. So, whatever we say now will not be fair to the commission.

So these operations are still standing and running and I am aware that the state governments are using them in all these capacities, that is internal security.

The level we are now is internal security and that is why the police proactively came out and then deployed all their force package that are necessary to handle that (violence).

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