A top military official in the Nigerian Army has expressed dissatisfaction with the actions of the Lagos State governor for denying allegations that that he invited the Nigerian Army on October 20, 2020 to the Lekki Toll Plaza where #EndSARS we’re gathered.
The Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, Lagos, Brigadier General Ahmed Taiwo, said this on Saturday while testifying before the 8 man panel set up by the Lagos State government to investigate complaints of SARS brutality and the Lekki Toll gate incident.
“I spoke with the governor and said the army was unhappy that he said he did not ask the army to intervene. But I’m sure, after we’ve watched everything, we saw he had more than reasonable grounds to ask the army to intervene.”
Recall that Sanwo-Olu in an interview with a television station monitored in Lagos, denied ordering the army to the state, saying such powers was beyond any state governor.
The governor was quoted to have said;“I don’t know how the officers got it all wrong because the instruction was that police won’t be out until 10-10:30 p.m. when all citizens should have gotten to their various homes. This is totally against what we stand for.
“The army does not report to me, I have reported the matter to the highest command in the military. It’s not something we are going to gloss over. A judicial panel will be set up to investigate it. I have escalated it to the highest level of the military,” Sanwo-olu said.
Meanwhile the general, said inviting the military was the best decision the Lagos governor could have made as the #EndSARS protest plunged the state into anarchy
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.