Lekki shooting: Army backs Sanwo-Olu's decision to call in soldiers

Lekki shooting: Army backs Sanwo-Olu's decision to call in soldiers

- Nigerian Army general, Taiwo, has said the Lagos state governor did right calling soldiers to Lekki

- The Brigadier-General said the situation had become so violent that only soldiers could maintain the law

- Taiwo maintained the army's position that soldiers were invited to Lekki by the southwest state governor

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The Nigerian Army has supported Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu's decision to call in soldiers to maintain the peace after hoodlums reportedly hijacked peaceful protests against police brutality in Lagos.

The Nation reports that the army's position was made known by Brigadier-General Ahmed Ibrahim Taiwo.

The army general appeared before the judiciary panel of inquiry on Saturday, November 14 to present footages of the Lekki shooting incident to panellists.

Lekki shooting: Army backs Sanwo-Olu's decision to call in soldiers
Governor Sanwo-Olu's options were limited and was right to call in soldiers, the Nigerian Army said. Photo credit: @jidesanwoolu
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According to Taiwo, who provided videos of hoodlums looting across the state, said the move by the governor could not have been avoided.

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The Cable quoted him as saying:

“The situation was so dire and they wanted everyone off the streets.
If you like, sleep in your office; if you like, stay at home if you are near your house, but get off the streets and let us deal with the criminals and hooligans.”

Legit.ng notes that the army initially turned down an invitation by the Lagos state panel of enquiry probing the alleged shooting of #EndSARS peaceful protesters on Tuesday, October 20, at the Lekki tollgate.

It earlier stated that it would not appear before the panel, arguing it was not the panel’s duty to invite it.

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It later changed its mind and has been helping with the investigations.

Meanwhile, the judicial panel has started reviewing the footage captured by the surveillance camera at the Lekki toll gate on October 20.

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The managing director of the Lekki Concession Company (LCC), Abayomi Omomuwa, had submitted the video footage on Tuesday, November 3.

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