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#LekkiShooting: The Nigerian Army followed rules of engagement – Army Chief Lt. Gen. Buratai reacts to CNN report

Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, in his reaction to the #LekkiMassacre report released by the CNN on Wednesday, said that the Nigerian Army followed the rules of engagement.

“Let me assure you and all Nigerians that the Nigerian Army is a professional Army. We follow our rules of engagement. Nigerians should feel safe. We abide by rules of engagement and the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria,” Lt. Gen. Buratai said while reacting to the development at the Army Headquarter in Abuja.

CNN had released its findings after investigation into the October 20, 2020 Lekki shooting of peaceful unarmed protesters by soldiers and operatives of the Nigeria Police.

Although the Nigerian Army said that rubber bullets were used, the network however noted that it worked with Balkan Investigative Reporting and “established that several of the bullets from the Lekki toll gate originated from Serbia.

It added that Nigerian military sources confirmed that the bullets match those used by the army and it was purchased by Nigeria from Serbia almost every year between 2005 and 2016.

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