#EndSARS Panel: I’m unaware Nigerian Army called Lekki Shooting ‘fake news’ on twitter – General



 

Brig.-Gen. Ahmed Taiwo, Commander of the 81 , Military Intelligence Brigade, has said that he was unaware that the Nigerian Army Headquarters had described the shootings at the Lekki Tollgate as “fake news” on Twitter.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Taiwo made the disclosure on Saturday while being cross-examined at the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Matters.

 

 

 

Responding to questions from Mr Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN), the counsel for of the #EndSARS protesters, Taiwo said he was unaware of the denial by the headquarters of the Nigerian Army because he did not own a twitter account.

“Why did you tell lies, why did the army deny being at the scene?” Olumide-Fusika queried.

Taiwo denied telling lies and said that the Nigerian Army made the first statements because they did not have the full facts and the army was not sent to Lekki to break up the protest.

have not seen the denial that the Nigerian Army on twitter called their presence at the tollgate as fake news,”he said.

 

 

 

 

 

Following the General’s denial, Olumide-Fusika questioned him further about the Army’s denials.

“There is controversy between you and our Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, you (Army) denied saying that it was fake news and the governor came out to say he saw footage.

“Based on the Army’s tweets, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney-General of the Federation () said the people that went to the tollgate must be hoodlums in army uniforms.

 

 

 

 

“Are you aware of the Army HQ handle on twitter? If you go to your HQ’s verified twitter account right the denial is there. challenge you to go online to see it.

“Are you not aware that information posted on the Nigerian Army twitter handle on Oct. 21 exists till this day, aren’t you an intelligence officer?”the SAN queried.

Responding, Taiwo said Sanwo-Olu had made the assertion about seeing footage before the army made any verification.

 

 

 

 

’m not aware of what the said, I’m not on twitter. I’m speaking here as the most senior Army officer on ground and on behalf of the 81 .

“I’m not aware of the Nigerian Army HQ twitter handle, I do not follow it because I’m not on twitter,” he said.  (NAN)