The Nigerian Army has said they are unhappy that Governor Sanwo-Olu denied inviting them to Lekki tollgate on October 20, where soldiers shot at #EndSARS protesters.
Speaking before the State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the Lekki incident, on Saturday, the Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, Lagos, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo said the army is not happy about the development.
However, General Taiwo noted that inviting the Army was the best decision the Lagos governor could have taken as the #EndSARS protest plunged the state into anarchy but added that the Army was also unhappy that Sanwo-Olu said two persons died from the military engagement at the Lekki tollgate.
“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,” he said.
Recall that, Governor Sanwo-Olu in his live broadcast after #Lekki shooting denied inviting the military to disperse protesters at the Lekki tollgate on October 20, blaming the attack on force beyond his control.
But the Army Headquarters subsequently said in a statement that the Lagos State government invited the soldiers to the protest ground and that the soldiers acted within the rules of engagement.
The Lagos governor has been under fire since the incident at the Lekki tollgate which has been condemned by local and international civil rights organisations.