By Franca Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Commander of the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo, has revealed that Lt.- Col. S.O. Bello and Brig.-Gen. F.O. Omata gave the order for soldiers to shoot at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State, on October 20, 2020, during the #EndSARS protests.
Brig. General Taiwo, who is a military witness disclosed this during cross-examination at the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for Restitution, on Saturday in Lagos State, adding that Bello was the Commanding Officer of the 65 Battalion which was at the Lekki tollgate on the fateful day and Omata was also present at the scene with him.
Taiwo, however, said the order was for the soldiers to shoot in the air and not at peaceful protesters.
In his words, “When I called Bello he said that while they were being deployed, they were attacked by hoodlums and they released some shots into the air.
“Bello had arrived the scene first before Omata, as the whole 81 Division Garrison had been given the mandate to secure the whole Eti-Osa corridor.
“Omata had left Obalende to meet up with Bello and patrol the whole area,” he said
Following the End SARS protest, soldiers had reportedly shot and killed peaceful protesters at Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020.