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Lekki shootings: 'Buratai ordered deployment of trainee soldiers' - General

Tochi Juliet
By Tochi Juliet
Lekki shootings: Buratai ordered deployment of trainee soldiers - General

The Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, Lagos, Brigadier General Ahmed Taiwo, said that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai ordered the deployment of soldiers for the Lekki shooting.

According to Brigadier General Ahmed Taiwo, Buratai ordered soldiers undergoing training at military schools for the Lekki exercise due to a shortage of troops.

Taiwo said this during the ongoing Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged shooting of unarmed #EndSARS protesters by soldiers on the night of October 20 at Lekki tollgate.

When he appeared to testify before the panel, Taiwo said that because "The 81 Division was short of troops, the Chief of Army Staff gave an extraordinary order that all Army schools should be shut down and everybody should be brought to the operation.''

He said incidentally he had only a day before, as an examiner of the Nigerian Army Intelligence, taught the trainee soldiers about internal security techniques.

He added that he pointed out to them on the operation day how it was unbelievable that only a day after learning the rules, they were going for an operation in internal security.