The acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations and 81 Division’s spokesperson, Major Osoba Olaniyi said the Nigeria army would not disclose the number of personnel deployed to Lekki-Toll Gate before the massacre.
The major made this known during an interview with newsmen.
When asked the number of personnel involved in the incident, following the confession of the army of their presence at the Lekki -Toll Gate on the 20th of October, 2020, he said, “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.”
Olaniyi further state it’s not the duty of the judicial panel to invite the Army to answer questions about the reported shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll gate.
Read his statement below;
“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.”