EndSARS: Army acted within rules of engagement, coalition says

EndSARS: Army acted within rules of engagement, coalition says

- The Coalition for Truth and Justice (CTJ) has reacted to claims that soldiers of the Nigerian army went overboard during the #EndSARS protest

- The coalition said contrary to the claim, the soldiers acted within the army's rules of engagement

- According to the coalition, there are attempts to discredit the effort of the Nigerian army in protecting the nation's sovereignty

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The Coalition for Truth and Justice (CTJ) on Thursday, October 29, said the Nigerian army did not breach its rules of engagement anywhere in the country during the EndSARS protest. 

The coalition said troops of the Nigerian army acted in a professional manner and have served as agents of stabilisation, instrumental to restoration of peace across the nation. 

A statement signed by the CTJ's national coordinator, Timothy Charles, said the coalition carried out a preliminary investigation to ascertain the actual turnout of events throughout the #EndSARS protest.

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Charles said:

"CTJ, in response to the statement issued by the Nigerian army Tuesday night, has carried out its preliminary investigations and far from what everyone had said, we studied the situation and came up with a clear understanding that the Nigerian army did not breach its Rules of Engagement in all the instances claimed by propagandists."

Charles said from the footages reviewed, the troops were captured firing blank rounds to the air with a sole confirmed fatality from the Lekki Toll Gate incident which was a result of blunt force trauma and not gunshot. 

EndSARS: Army acted within rules of engagement, coalition says
The coalition said the soldiers acted within their army's rules of engagement. Photo credit: Arise TV
Source: UGC

Calling on relevant authorities to conduct a thorough investigation on the incident which occurred on October 20, and bring those involved to justice.

He said:

"It is therefore trite for CTJ to point out that almost every single person that the cyber wing of the protest had trended as being killed at the toll gate have returned from the dead to refute news of their demise just as pictures from movie shoots that they attempted to use to discredit the army have been exposed."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that governors across Nigeria have been called upon to give an explanation to why palliatives donated by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CA-COVID) was not distributed to Nigerians.

The call was made to the governors by a coalition of civil society organisations in Nigeria on Wednesday, October 28.

The coalition of CSOs queried the hoarding of coronavirus (COVID-19) palliatives by various state governments across the country.

According to the CSOs, they have watched with disdain, the impunity of the assault on public and private properties by hoodlums.

In other news, the Nigerian government has announced the establishment of a committee set aside to create jobs for citizens as an aftermath of the #EndSARS protest.

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The committee which would be headed by the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, will among many other tasks focus on engaging security agencies across the nation.

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The Osinbajo-led committee will also work out a compensation plan for the losses incurred so far from police brutality across Nigeria.

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