Chief of Army staff- Tukur Buratai

After initial denial by the Nigerian Army that its officers were not at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, where peaceful protesters were shot and killed last Tuesday, the military has come out to say its officers were only ensuring compliance with a curfew put in place by the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, earlier that day.

In a statement credited to the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa, has said that some people were trying to discredit the military and Nigerian Government.

Get latest updates From Inside OAU Media !

Join 10,000+ Inside OAU Media Subscribers and start receiving important updates & gist to your Mail

Though Musa did not make direct reference to Tuesday’s killings at Lekki, he said, “Detractors both local and international have mischievously and deliberately misrepresented troops’ efforts to ensure compliance with the curfew imposed by legitimate civil authorities in Lagos and other states.

Do you have a groundbreaking story you would like us to publish? Please reach us through [email protected]

“These agitators are falsely accusing the NA of being responsible for the activities of the miscreants despite glaring evidence to the contrary.”

READ ALSO :-  5 Important things to know about the dissolution of Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS)

He also decried that the detractors are threatening to report the Nigerian Army to the International Criminal Court and also impose a visa ban on them from foreign countries.

“Criminal elements are threatening us with travel ban but we are not worried because we must remain in this country to make it better”,he continued.

“The first time I travelled outside this country, I was already 50 years and a general, so I don’t mind if I live the rest of my life here,” Buratai said.

SaharaReporters had revealed that the soldiers involved in the attack on peaceful protesters were deployed from 65 Battalion, Bonny Camp, Victoria Island, Lagos.

“They came in two Hilux vans with at least eight bodies. Some were still alive when they returned. They dumped them at MRS Hospital. They told us clearly that it was Governor Sanwo-Olu that sent them,” a brother to one of the victims told SaharaReporters.

The Nigerian Army has earlier denied being at the Plaza and even went on to say that the videos circulating round the social media were photoshopped.

READ ALSO :-  EndSARS: UK lawmakers slam Buhari regime, demand sanctions

Contrary to the denial by the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-olu, that he knew nothing about the killing and maiming of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate area of the state by personnel of the Nigerian Army, soldiers involved in the operation have since confirmed that they were actually drafted in for the mission on the request of the governor.

Share This Post: If you think this post can be helpful to somebody else, please share it using the buttons below!

Get latest updates From Inside OAU Media !

Join 10,000+ Inside OAU Media Subscribers and start receiving important updates & gist to your Mail

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.