#LekkiMassacre: You Can’t Invite Us For Questioning Army Dares Lekki Panel
The Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Osoba Olaniyi, has said that the panel set up by the Lagos state government to investigate the Lekki Night Massacre, has no judicial power to invite the Nigerian Army for questioning as regards to issues pertaining the 20/10/20 night shooting.
Recall that the Nigerian Army denied that some of its officials had opened fire on armless #EndSARS protesters on Tuesday 20th October at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos where the peaceful protesters were convened.
But last week, after much denial,the Army finally admitted that it deployed some of its official that night but under special order by the Lagos state government.
Meanwhile the same last week, a judicial panel set up the Lagos state government to investigate Lekki night shooting, claimed it found a hidden camera at the scene, and would be inviting the Army for questioning.
But Speaking in an interview with Sunday PUNCH, Major Olaniyi stated the Lekki Panel has no right to invite the Army for questioning neither can the Nigeria Army also release the number and the names of the personnel deployed to the Lekki toll gate.
“It is against operational security. We don’t give that. It is against the policy of operational security. There is no problem here. The picture some people paint, as if we are fighting with the state government, is wrong.” he said.
“If we receive a letter from the state, we will go. Are we not under civil authorities? Are we not part of Nigerians? Have you forgotten that we did not go there (Lekki tollgate) on our own?
“It is not the duty of the members of the panel to tell us that. If the state wants the (81) Division to come, they will write and we will oblige. See, if they have written to the division, it is our duty to go. It is not for them to go through the media as if we are scared of coming.
“It is the state government that constituted that panel of inquiry. So if anybody needs to get in touch with us to come, it is still the state and not members of the panel.”