Cover photo of Brig. Gen. A.I. Taiwo at the Tribunal is courtesy of Channels Tv.
The Nigerian Army has alleged that there is an ongoing deliberate campaign of misinformation against the Military especially the Nigerian Army, the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry was told on Saturday.
Commander of the 81 Military Intelligence, Lagos Brig. Gen. Ahmed Ibrahim Taiwo profusely debased many claims and video presentations by individuals, Nigerian and foreign media insisting that unscrupulous people go on social media to cast the Nigerian Army in bad light.
He debunked claims by the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwoolu that he did not invite the Army stating that the Governor consulted both the Chief of Army Staff and the GOC of the 81 Division before the Army went to troubled places in Lagos State and not Lekki Toll Gate alone.
He observed that Governor Sanwoolu shifted the timing of the curfew in Lagos but did not inform the Army hence the timing of their arrival but made no mention of why the Army initially denied they had no hand in the Lekki protests.
Brig. Gen. Taiwo presented many Video clips from the Nigerian Army that were not seen in public before on the operations of the #End SARS protests including how the military ferried the Oba of Lagos from his palace during the raid.
He even presented clips of himself as commanding officer counseling arrested looters on the implication of looting to the owners of looted materials and the nation in general stressing that it is an economic loss and damages amount to collateral damages.
On the Panel’s visitation to the Mortuary of the Nigerian Army, Gen. Taiwo said, “Anywhere in the world, Military barracks are restricted places” but the panel did not give them prior notice.
He reminded the panel that they were taken round the hospital contrary to the media reporting that they were disallowed entry and they saw there was no mortuary as it has been moved weeks before their visitation.
Brig. Gen. Taiwo who described himself as a ballistic or kinetic expert tutored the panel in the difference between blank and real bullet saying that blank bullets were made of gun powders which does not cause harm but simple skin injury but a real bullet fired at close range as claimed in the Lekki act could down three people at once “and bring down brains”. Two bullets, a blank and real one were presented as evidence.
Gen. Taiwo was under cross-examination as at 1610 hours when this report was filed and he will be back with copies of his video clips and further cross-examination on Tuesday.
- Eniola Olatunji reporting.