The Nigerian Military has stated that in hindsight, it is not going to have taken a distinct line of motion if introduced once more with a state of affairs just like the October 20 capturing incident on the Lekki Tollgate.
The Nigerian Military made the assertion on Saturday on the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for Restitution for Victims of SARS Associated Abuses and Different Issues.
Representing the Military was Brig.-Gen. Ahmed Taiwo, Commander of the 81 Division, Army Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island.
He made the assertion whereas being cross-examined by the Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA).
“Given the identical set of circumstances, the army would have acted in the identical method. After each operation, we often do an After Motion Evaluate and provide you with classes learnt.
“I’ve appeared on the tollgate subject with the identical set of info. We wouldn’t have acted otherwise,” he stated.
Responding to questions from Mr Bernard Oniga, the lawyer representing the NBA, the witness defined why the military didn’t take the choice route which averted the tollgate in the event that they have been clearing up the Eti-Osa hall as claimed.
“The discretion was by the hands of the commander, they have been attacked by hoodlums and so they responded,” he stated.
Taiwo additionally denied that the actions of the army on the Lekki Tollgate triggered the wanton destruction of properties and lack of lives in Lagos.
“There was wanton lack of life and destruction of properties earlier than the Lekki Tollgate incident. The lack of lives on Oct. 21 was on the Eti-Osa hall and the lack of life have been cult boys settling scores.
‘I noticed companies being torched, some plazas have been torched whereas some have been left. I have no idea the connection between that and the Lekki Tollgate plaza.
“In the event that they have been reacting to the Nigerian Military they might have burned down a military barracks,” he stated.