#EndSARS: Why We Will not Reveal Troopers Deployed In Lekki Toll Gate
File picture: EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate
Main Osoba Olaniyi, the appearing Deputy Director, Military Public Relations and 81 Division’s spokesperson, has stated the navy won’t disclose the variety of its personnel deployed within the Lekki toll gate.
The PUNCH stories that troopers shot peaceable #EndSARS protesters on the Lekki tollgate on the evening of October 20, 2020.
Although the military initially denied involvement within the Lekki shootings, it later disclosed that its officers have been invited by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to implement a curfew imposed on the state final Tuesday.
However a lawyer, Nurudeen Yusuf, had sued the Lagos State Authorities and others, arguing that “loss of life shouldn’t be a penalty for violating curfew.
“And that as of the time the capturing commenced, the curfew declared had not been in pressure. It was imagined to begin at 9:00 pm on that day, being 20th of October, 2020.”
Whereas Amnesty Worldwide claimed that 10 individuals allegedly died, an eyewitness, DJ Change, stated about 15 protesters died. However the authorities are but to launch any official figures of casualties.
In an interview with Sunday PUNCH, he defined it could be unprofessional to launch the variety of personnel deployed.
Requested the variety of personnel concerned, Olaniyi stated, “It’s towards operational safety. We don’t give that. It’s towards the coverage of operational safety. There isn’t a downside right here. The image some individuals paint, as if we’re combating with the state authorities, is incorrect.”
He additionally defined that it was not the responsibility of the judicial panel to ask the Military to reply questions concerning the reported capturing of unarmed protesters on the Lekki toll plaza.
Olaniyi burdened that the military intervened within the Lekki tollgate incident based mostly on a request from the Lagos State Authorities and that it could solely seem earlier than the panel based mostly on identical directive from the state authorities.
He stated, “If we obtain a letter from the state, we are going to go. Are we not underneath civil authorities? Are we not a part of Nigerians? Have you ever forgotten that we didn’t go there (Lekki tollgate) on our personal?
“It isn’t the responsibility of the members of the panel to inform us that. If the state desires the (81) Division to return, they may write and we are going to oblige. See, if they’ve written to the division, it’s our responsibility to go. It isn’t for them to undergo the media as if we’re fearful of coming.
“It’s the state authorities that constituted that panel of inquiry. So if anyone must get in contact with us to return, it’s nonetheless the state and never members of the panel.”