The Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade in Victoria Island of Lagos, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo, has stated that the operatives of the Nigerian Army are not pleased with embattled Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for denying the fact that he did invite them to clear peaceful protestors on October 20, 2020, when there was an alleged soldiers shooting incident at the Lekki tollgate.
Taiwo made this revelation on Saturday as he testified before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing atrocities of the defunct SARS Police department, which also ties into the Lekki incident .
The Brigadier General, however, said that he is of the view that the Lagos State Governor inviting the military was the best decision that could have been made as the #EndSARS protest (according to him) plunged the state into anarchy (this statement of his is debatable).
He said, “ I spoke with the governor and said the Army was unhappy that he said he did not ask for Army ’s intervention but I am sure that after you watched everything ( video footages) , you saw he had more than enough grounds to ask for Army ’s intervention; perhaps it was the way everything went . ”
Africa At Random has previously reported that the Governor had vehemently denied knowledge of how the Army got to Lekki tollgate and shot citizens point blank on October 20, 2020. He has been widely quoted as saying that it was rather “forces beyond his control” that were responsible for the Lekki incident.
The Army Headquarters on the other hand has always insisted that they went to the venue at the behest of the Lagos State government – [independent input] how does a state government have control over the armed forces? In any functional system, the armed forces only answer to higher military persons and ultimately the commander-in-chief who is ideally the President of the Country, provided the orders were constitutional.
The Lagos governor has been under fire since the incident at the Lekki toll gate which has been condemned by local and international civil rights organisations .
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