The Nigerian Army has declared that it would act the same way if it encountered the same scenario similar at the Lekki Tollgate in October 20.
The Nigerian Army made the assertion on Saturday at the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters through its representative, Brig.-Gen. Ahmed Taiwo.
Gen Taiwo is the Commander of the 81 Division, Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island.
While being cross-examined by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Taiwo said: “Given the same set of circumstances, the military would have acted in the same way. After every operation we usually do an After Action Review and come up with lessons learnt.
“I have looked at the tollgate issue with the same set of facts. We wouldn’t have acted differently,” he said.
Taiwo also declared that the actions of the military at the Lekki Tollgate did not fuel the massive destruction of properties and loss of lives in Lagos.
“There was wanton loss of life and destruction of properties before the Lekki Tollgate incident. The loss of lives on Oct. 21 was on the Eti-Osa corridor and the loss of life were cult boys settling scores.
‘I saw businesses being torched, some plazas were torched while some were left. I do not know the connection between that and the Lekki Tollgate plaza.
“If they were reacting to the Nigerian Army they could have burned down an army barracks,”