Brigadier General Francis Omata has responded to accusations levelled against him on ordering the infamous Tuesday evening #LekkiMassacre at Lekki-VI toll gate.

Omata stated that he was only on the scene to ‘pull back the soldiers’. He also named the officer responsible; one Lt Col S. O. Bello of the 65 Battalion Bonny camp.

General F.O Omata is being accused of giving the order to open fire on the peaceful protests.


The Brigadier General who refuted the allegation said: “I didn’t command the soldiers nor was there when shots were fired. I rushed to the scene and arrived about 39 mins after and identified myself and pull back the soldiers.

“The soldiers were from there 65 Battalion Bonny camp led by their commanding officer, Lt Col S. O. Bello.

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“My only mistake was that when I got to the scene I was screaming my name to alert the soldiers about my presence and people at the scene picked that up and ran with it”. It was not me.”