#EndSARS: Military finally Opens up a little
The peaceful EndSARS protest was dispatched in a bloody way
He stated this on Saturday while testifying at the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20, 2020.
The Commander 81 military intelligence brigade; Brigadier Ahmed Taiwo, testifying before the panel on Saturday, claims that the events that took place in October 20 at the Lekki Toll Gate had its remote causes in the wider EndSARS protest and its immediate causes in the lawlessness that ensued from October 18.
The Brigadier Taiwo made it clear that the attack made the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to call on the army to intercede in the crisis and due to the urgency of the situation, the governor imposed a 24-hour curfew which was to commence at 4:00 pm on October 20 but was later shifted to 9:00 pm.
He also said because
“the 81 Division was short of troops, the Chief of Army Staff gave an extraordinary order that all Army schools should be shut down and everybody should be brought to the operation”.
He stood his ground by making it clear that the troops were not only deployed to the Lekki tollgate, but to other areas like Badagry, Ikorodu, Apapa, Alimosho, Epe, Lagos Island and the entire state to restore normalcy.
Brigadier Taiwo also added that the army were just shooting into the air at the Lekki tollgate and not at the protesters, backing his statement up with several video clips of what he says transpired that night.
He further stated that immediately the Soldiers left they Hoodlums immediately went in to destroy the peace and normalcy of the state.
He also insisted that the troops made use of blank bullets that contained gun powder and that those bullets cannot cause any damage to the flesh, and if real bullets were used one bullet would have killed three persons per shot.
Recall that the Army who initially denied the involvement in the Lekki shootings, later made it clear that its officers were invited by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to enforce the curfew imposed on the state.
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