The LEGAL team representing the Nigerian Army at the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry said yesterday that the army did not appear at the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki because it was petitioned.
The leader of the team, Mr. Akinolu Kehinde, said the army was only summoned by the panel as part of their fact-finding inquiry to unravel the role of its personnel at the scene of the incident.
Kehinde, who made this known while presenting their report on the incident to the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, yesterday in Abuja, said the army’s witness at the panel, Brigadier-General Ahmed Taiwo, successfully presented its side of the story.
He said he wanted it to be clear that at no point in time was the Nigerian Army summoned as a defendant. It means that there are no allegations whatsoever raised against it by any organization or anybody before the panel.
Furthermore, he stated that without fear of contradiction that at the end of the testimony and cross-examination of the army’s sole witness, I want to believe that it was able to explain in detail its involvement in that particular episode.
Buratai, represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans (Army), Lieutenant-Colonel Lamidi Adeosun, said Nigerians should be confident that they have an army that is professional and responsive.
He said part of the role of the Nigerian Army is to support civil authorities in maintaining peace and order.
He expressed confidence that the outcome of the panel’s investigation would help correct some impressions about the army’s role in the Lekki episode.
Kehinde also urged the public to see the army in a positive light, adding that it had been professional in the discharge of its constitutional roles.
The Chief of Administration (Army), Major-General Usman Yakubu, said the legal team had come up with their report after the appearance of the army’s witness at the panel.