#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu invited us to quell crisis- Nigerian Army




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The Nigerian Army 81 Division has finally admitted involvement in the opertaion that broke the , claiming the came on the request Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who had declared a 24-hour curfew on Tuesday, October 20.

 

The army, however, maintained silent on their alleged involvement and shooting at the Lekki tollgate which further aggravated youths’ anger, leading massive destruction properties and looting in Lagos.

 

A statement signed on behalf the formation by the acting deputy director, 81 Division Army Public , Osoba Olaniyi, a major, claimed its personnel followed the rules engagaments following the invitation by Governor Sanwo-Olu.

Recall that Sanwo-Olu had in the hit of the crisis following the shooting at the Lekki tollgate, denied inviting the army into , claming, howeever, that forces beyond the state’s control brought in the , as the Nigerian Army does not take directive any state governor.

But according Olaniyi, the 81 Division spokesman, after the turned violence the governor declared a curfew and invited the army restore normalcy.

The statement said further that the army in the disharge of its duty did not shoot at any civilians. described the of shootings as the handwork of mischief makers.

The statement Ref. Numbers are 81 Div/APR/G6/230/5 dated October 27, 2020 is below:
27 October 2020.

The attention of Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn a viral on social media in which was alleged that civilians protesters were massacred by at Lekki Toll Plaza.

This allegation is untrue, unfounded and aimed at causing in the country. At did soldiers of the Nigerian Army open fire on any civilian.

the onset of the ENDSARS , there was personnel of 81 Division Nigerian Army Lagos were involved.

However, the decision to call in the was taken by the Government (LASG) after a 24 hours curfew was imposed. This was as a result of the violence which led to several police stations being burnt, policemen killed, suspects in police custody released and weapons carted away. The situation was fast degenerating into . It was at this point that LASG requested for the to intervene in order to restore normalcy. The of the followed all laid down procedures for Internal Security operations and all the soldiers involved acted within the confines of the Rules of Engagement (ROE) for Internal Security operations.

Finally, Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army reiterates that the Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities did not shoot at any civilian as there are glaring and convincing evidence to attest to this .

This allegation is the hand work of mischief makers who will not at nothing to tarnish the image of the Nigerian Army. The general public is hereby enjoined to discountenance this allegation as there is iota of truth therein.

Osoba Olaniyi

Major

Acting Deputy Director

81 Division Army Public

 

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