Army- We Were Invited By Lagos State Government To Intervene In #EndSARS Crisis

The Nigerian army has finally unveiled the role it played in the fallout of the peaceful #EndSARS protests last week. If you could remember vividly, some unarmed peaceful protesters were allegedly killed on the 20th October,2020, after officials of the Nigerian army allegedly opened fire on them, at Lekki Tollgate. Although the Nigerian army initially denied that it was at the scene, describing such as fake news, it has however explained that it was available at the scene on invitation by the state government. The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army debunked report of military officers shooting sporadically at unarmed #EndSARS Protesters at the Lekki toll gate. The Acting Director Army Public Relations, Major Osoba Olaniyi, in a statement today, confirmed the involvement of soldiers in restoring order and peace in Lagos state, following the declaration of curfew by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The statement reads in part, “The attention of Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral video on social media in which it was alleged that civilian protesters were massacred by soldiers at Lekki Toll Plaza. This allegation is untrue, unfounded and aimed at causing anarchy in the country.” “At no time did soldiers of the Nigerian Army open fire on any civilian. From the onset of the ENDSARS protest, there was no time personnel of 81 Division Nigerian Army Lagos were involved.” “However, the decision to call in the military was taken by the Lagos State Government (LASG) after a 24- hour 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 anarchy. It was at this point that LASG requested for the military to intervene in order to restore normalcy.” “The intervention of the military followed all laid down procedures for Internal Security operations and all the soldiers involved acted within the confines of the Rules of[…]

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Go after looters, hoodlums, COAS orders military commanders, field officers

Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, has ordered military commanders and troops to go after looters and thugs raiding warehouses and vandalizing property across the country. He denied that the army were not  the miscreants involved in the vandalism and looting of public and private property going on in many cities. In a meeting held at the NA headquarters, Abuja on Monday, addressing Principal Staff Officers, General Officers Commanding, and Field Commanders, Buratai made it clear to his men that there must be no room for disloyalty amongst all officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army. Buratai said, “The recent activities by unscrupulous elements have shown their desire to acquire arms and ammunition at all cost from security personnel. No less than 10 AK-47 rifles have been lost to these miscreants in the past two weeks across the country with attendant loss of lives of personnel.” The COAS went further to explain that the NA must be resolute in preventing agents of destabilisation from achieving their aims. “We will not allow any force, elements, or destabilising agents in or outside our country to set our beloved country on fire. We remain resolute in doing everything possible to ensure that subversive elements, detractors, and other enemies of this great nation do not achieve their aims and objectives of destabilisation,” the army chief was quoted to have stated during the meeting. He continued by stating that, “The plan was to embark on massive propaganda to discredit the military and the government to set the people against the NA once it is called out to aid the civil authorities. “The NA being aware of the devilish plan was careful not to be dragged in and issued the initial warning through a press release on 14 October 2020 of our resolve to secure and safeguard a united Nigeria.” “Now the detractors alongside their local and international collaborators have mischievously and deliberately misrepresented troops’ efforts to ensure compliance with the curfew imposed[…]

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ENDSARS Protests: Nigerian Army warns Revolutionary Elements To Desist From Anti-Democratic Acts.

The Nigerian Army has said it is ready to fully support the civil authority in whatever way they can to maintain law and order. Nigerian Army Headquarters also stated that troops are ready to deal with any unfavorable situation decisively. The Army directed all it’s officers and soldiers, never to have their attention diverted to those it called ‘anti-democratic forces and agents of disunity’. This declaration was included in a statement signed late last night by Col Sagir Musa, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, titled ‘Nigerian Army Remains Resolute to the Peace and Stability of the Nation’. It says, “The Nigerian Army (NA) wishes to reassure law-abiding citizens that it is highly committed to the sustenance of peace, security and defence of democracy in Nigeria. “As a responsible and law-abiding organisation, the Nigerian Army reaffirms its unalloyed loyalty and commitment to the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari and the Constitution of the Country. “The NA hereby warns all subversive elements and trouble makers to desist from such acts as it remains highly committed to defend the country and her democracy at all cost. “The NA is ready to fully support the civil authority in whatever capacity to maintain law and order and deal with any situation decisively. “All officers and men are directed never to be distracted by anti-democratic forces and agents of disunity.”

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