The Nigerian Army has said that the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was misinformed on the number of casualties at Lekki Tollgate where #EndSARS protesters gathered, on October 20, insisting that no one was killed, at the protest ground.
Brigadier General Ahmed Taiwo, who was representing the Nigerian Army at the ongoing #EndSARS Lagos Panel of inquiry made the disclosure today, Vanguard reports.
Contradicting the state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who claimed that two persons died as a result of the attack, General Taiwo said that the two casualties were not at the protest scene.
“On 20th October, 2020, at about 6.30 pm, while we tried to speak with the protesters and negotiate with them, they pelted stones at us and we had to fire blank bullets at protesters.”
According to General Taiwo, most of the pictures making the rounds were not taken on the said date.
“Any picture that you (lawyers) want to present here must be submitted to forensic test.
“No protester sustained injury nor died. The two people Governor Sanwo-Olu mentioned did not die at the scene; one died at Admiralty Way, which is three kilometre away from the Lekki Tollgate.
“The second person was shot at Yaba,” General Taiwo said.
When he asked if he saw news making the rounds from foreign media houses, Gen Taiwo said he saw one from BBC and CNN but did not see anyone from Al Jazeera because “I was sleeping on the street every night, making sure the place is safe.
“Most of the videos in play have been manipulated,” Gen Taiwo said.