Comments Off on Endsars: “Those claiming protesters were killed were seeing “double.”……Buratai insist nobody died at the Lekki tollgate on October 20
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, has maintained that nobody was killed during the #EndSARS protest at Lekki toll gate in Lagos State on October 20.
Buratai said those claiming protesters were killed were seeing “double.”
The incident has received widespread condemnation within and outside Nigeria with many calling for an in-depth investigation into what actually happened and the number of casualties as a result of the shooting.
The Lagos State government on 20 October imposed a curfew, hours before the curfew was scheduled to begin, soldiers had stormed the Lekki toll gate where unarmed protesters had gathered and started shooting, sporadically on the protesters.
The Cable reports that the Army chief said this on Friday at the decoration of 39 newly promoted Major-Generals, Buratai insisted that there was no corpse during the shooting at the toll gate.
He said, “I am glad that we held the Spiritual Warfare Seminar on Wednesday and most of the decorated Generals today are graduates of the Spiritual Warfare Seminar.
“I must say that the spiritual warfare seminar we had last time helped us during the last #EndSARS protest to the extent that there was no single corpse, but some persons saw double at Lekki toll gate in Lagos State.
“We will continue to protect every law-abiding Nigerian anywhere in the country, and we will do that in accordance with the rules of engagement and confines of the constitution.”
Buratai’s claims contradict the army’s self-indicting explanations before a sitting Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry investigating the Lekki incident.
The army had initially explained that it used only blank ammunition at the scene of the protests, but following a CNN investigation which exposed that expended Serbian bullets purchased by the army were found at the location, the military gave another explanation.
The police chief also cautioned the Army Generals against lobbying for appointments.
“Democracy has come to stay. We will not tolerate any agent of destabilization. The years of military misadventure in politics have never carried us anywhere. It is over,” he said.
Do not hobnob with politicians. At this rank of two-star generals, do not lobby for appointment. If you want to lobby for an appointment, lobby the chief of army staff and you can only do this through hard work, discipline and loyalty.
The crop of officers (39 major generals) decorated yesterday will never be dragged into any interest that is contrary to the sustenance of democracy in our nation.
All our eyes are on you. We know there are several moves to get your attention. You must make sure that whatever you are doing, and when some persons approach you, you must act within the confines of the constitution.”he said.