Brig. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo, the Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, Lagos, has said the Nigerian Army is not happy that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State denied inviting Nigerian soldiers to Lekki tollgate where #End SARS protesters were gathered on October 20, 2020.
Brig. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo said this on Saturday while testifying before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the #Lekki toll gate incident.
The General, however, said inviting the Nigerian military men was the best decision Governor Sanwo-Olu could have made.
Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo said Sanwo-Olu was forced to deny it, because of “the way everything went”.
“I spoke with the governor and said the Army was unhappy that he said he did not ask for the Army’s intervention.
“But I am sure that after you watched everything (video footage), you saw he had more than enough grounds to ask for the Army’s intervention; perhaps it was the way everything went,” Taiwo said.
Governor Sanwo-Olu had claimed that forces beyond his control were responsible for the# Lekki shooting. Still, the Nigerian Army Headquarters fired back in a statement insisting that the Lagos State government invited the military men to the protest ground and that the soldiers acted within the rules of engagement.
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