The Nigerian Army has said it won’t reveal the characters of its men who were sent to the Lekki tollbooth on October 20, 2020.
In a meeting with Punch, Osoba Olaniyi, representative of the 81 division of the Nigerian Army, said it is amateurish for the Army to deliver the names of the warriors who were conveyed to the tollbooth on that day.
“It is against operational security. We don’t give that. It is against the strategy of operational security. There is no issue here. The image a few people paint, as though we are battling with the state government, isn’t right,” the paper cited him to have said.
Olaniyi in the meeting, likewise expressed that the Army will just show up before the legal board set up by the Lagos state government to research charges of police ruthlessness in the state just as the October 20 Lekki tollbooth gunfire episode, if the greeting is originating from the state government and not the board.
Review that the legal board on Friday, October 30, paid an unscheduled visit to the Military emergency clinic Ikoyi to investigate the morgue. They were at first denied admittance however inevitably, were permitted in. They were later to be informed that the funeral home is going through remodel.
Punch reports that a greeting has been shipped off the military to show up before the board. Notwithstanding, Olaniyi said just the state government can request that they show up before the board.
“On the off chance that we get a letter from the state, we will go. Is it true that we are not under common specialists? Is it accurate to say that we are not part of Nigerians? Have you overlooked that we didn’t go there (Lekki tollbooth) all alone?
It isn’t the obligation of the individuals from the board to disclose to us that. On the off chance that the state needs the (81) Division to come, they will compose and we will oblige. It’s just plain obvious, on the off chance that they have kept in touch with the division, it is our obligation to go. It isn’t for them to experience the media as though we are terrified of coming.
It is the state government that comprised that board of request. So on the off chance that anyone needs to connect with us to come, it is as yet the state and not individuals from the board.” Punch cites him as saying
The Nigerian Army had at first denied being liable for the episode. In independent tweets, the military had named the reports of fighters starting to shoot at the tollbooth as phony news. In any case, in an announcement delivered a week ago, Olaniyi affirmed that troopers from the division were the ones who did the activity. He said they were conveyed to the tollbooth on the solicitation of the Lagos state government and that they additionally didn’t shoot any dissident.
“At no time did fighters of the Nigerian Army open fire on any non military personnel. From the beginning of the ENDSARS fight, there was no time staff of 81 Division Nigerian Army Lagos were included.
In any case, the choice to bring in the military was taken by the Lagos State Government (LASG) following a 24-hour time limit was forced.
This was because of the savagery which prompted a few police headquarters being scorched, police officers murdered, suspects in police guardianship delivered and weapons trucked away. The circumstance was quick deteriorating into rebellion. It was now that LASG mentioned for the military to intercede so as to reestablish routineness.
The intercession of the military followed all set down systems for Internal Security activities and all the officers included acted inside the bounds of the Rules of Engagement (ROE) for Internal Security operations.”the articulation read
The Lagos state government is yet to respond to the Military’s case that it mentioned the arrangement of fighters to the tollbooth. Lead representative Sanwo-Olu has consistently said he had no hand in the organization of the military as it wasn’t inside his purview to bring in the military.