The Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade , Victoria Island, Lagos , Brig . Gen. Ahmed Taiwo, has said the change in timing of the curfew imposed by the Lagos State Government on October 20 , 2020 , was not communicated to the Nigerian Army .
Taiwo stated this on Saturday in his testimony before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged shooting of # EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate on October 20 , 2020 .
The general also said inviting the military was the best decision the Lagos State Governor , Babajide Sanwo – Olu , could have made as the # EndSARS protest plunged the state into anarchy .
He said , “ Due to the urgency of the situation , it is no wonder the governor declared a 24 – hour curfew which was supposed to start by 4 pm .
“ Analysing that further , it shows that the situation was so dire and the governor wanted everyone off the streets.
“ After some observations , this timing was shifted to 2100 hrs , that is 9 pm.
“ However , these timings were not communicated to the Nigerian Army .
“ Be that as it may , the Nigerian Army deployed immediately to forestall further break down of law and order . ”
The PUNCH had earlier reported that the general said Saturday that the Army was unhappy that Sanwo – Olu denied inviting the soldiers to the disperse the protesters .
Eyewitnesses had claimed that the soldiers arrived at the Lekki toll gate around 7 pm, some two hours before the commencement of the curfew . Eyewitnesses had also said the soldiers shot directly at # EndSARS protesters , a claim the Army has denied .
The Lagos governor has been under fire since the incident at the Lekki toll gate which has been condemned by local and international civil rights organisations .
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