Ibrahim Taiwo, the officer representing the Nigerian army on the panel that the Lagos state government established to investigate the Lekki shooting has been promoted from brigadier general to major general, TheCable understands.
On October 20, soldiers forcibly dispersed #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate, sparking a protest.
Following the protest to end police brutality, the Lagos government established a panel to investigate allegations of rights abuses by the Police Special Anti-Theft Squad (SARS).
But the shooting at protesters in Lekki has been at the forefront of the panel, and Taiwo, commander of the intelligence brigade of the army’s 81st division, has been the one to defend the soldiers’ action.
According to military sources, Taiwo was elevated to the rank of major general after the military junta approved the promotion of senior officers.
There have been contradictions in the army’s panel presentations on the Lekki shooting.
At first, the army denied having deployed soldiers to the protest site. He later said that the soldiers were sent there at the invitation of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos.
Taiwo had also argued that the soldiers did not intend to disperse the protesters, but were patrolling to clear the Lekki, Eti-Osa corridor.
According to him, the soldiers were attacked by thugs, and this required the use of force.
Source: – The Cable