The Nigerian Army has responded to questions about the alleged inconsistent statement it made regarding the EndSARS protest
The questions were asked at a hearing by the Lagos state judicial panel of inquiry on police brutality
The Nigerian Army was represented at the hearing by Brig Gen Ahmed Taiwo
A military commander has claimed to be unaware that the Nigerian Army denied deploying soldiers at the Lekki tollgate to disperse protesters.
Brig Gen Ahmed Taiwo, the commander of the 81 division, made the statement on Saturday, November 21, when he appeared before a Lagos state judicial panel of inquiry investigating incidences of police brutality.
The officer’s comments were made when responding to questions from Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN), the counsel for some of the EndSARS protesters, Vanguard reported.
Olumide-Fusika had pointed out that the Nigerian Army on its Twitter page described reports about soldiers being at Lekki toll gate as fake news.
But in response, Taiwo said:
“I have not seen the denial that the Nigerian Army on Twitter called their presence at the tollgate as fake news."
He denied telling lies and said that the Nigerian Army made the first statements because they did not have the full facts and the army was not sent to Lekki to break up the protest.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army as said soldiers who were deployed to disperse EndSARS protesters in Lagos took live rounds to the Lekki tollgate on October 20, 2020.
The commander of the 81 division of the Nigerian Army made the disclosure before the judicial panel set up to probe the incident. Brigadier General Ahmed Ibrahim Taiwo, however, claimed that soldiers did not use the live rounds on the protesters.
In another news, a report by The Nation has indicated that the Nigerian Army sent not less than seven trucks to the Lekk tollgate on the night of October 20, when #EndSARS protesters were reportedly shot and killed.
The trucks, two white and five black, were seen on footage of the incident provided by the Lekki Concession Company (LCC).
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