Sunday, April 11

Lekki Shooting: We Wouldn’t Do Anything Differently – Brigadier-General Taiwo

The Nigerian Army has said with the benefit of hindsight, it would not have taken a different action if presented again with a scenario similar to the October 20 shooting incident at the Lekki Tollgate. The Nigerian Army made the assertion on Saturday at the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters.

Representing the Army was Brig.-Gen. Ahmed Taiwo, Commander of the 81 Division, Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island. He made the assertion while being cross-examined by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

Given the same set of circumstances, the military would have acted in the same way. After every operation, we usually do an After Action Review and come up with lessons learnt. “I have looked at the tollgate issue with the same set of facts. We wouldn’t have acted differently,” he said.

Responding to questions from Mr Bernard Oniga, the lawyer representing the NBA, the witness explained why the army did not take the alternative route which avoided the tollgate if they were clearing up the Eti-Osa corridor as claimed.“The discretion was at the hands of the commander, they were attacked by hoodlums and they responded,” he said.

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