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Army denies killing of police officers

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From Ovada Ohiare, Abuja

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen.  Onyeabo Ihejirika Wednesday explained the circumstances leading to the killing of two senior police officers allegedly by soldiers in Badagary, Lagos state.

The two police officers a divisional Police Officer and his crime officer were said to have gone to the army barracks on a peace mission to see their Commanding Officer over the alleged killing of a soldier by the police earlier but were later ambushed and allegedly killed by the soldiers on their way home.

The Director, Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig. Gen. Raphael Isa, told newsmen in Abuja that soldiers were not responsible for the deaths even before the commencement of the joint investigative panel constituted on the directive of the COAS.

According to him, if the soldiers were involved in the killings, inventory of ammunition would have exposed the culprits by now.

Isa, who expressed concerns on the manner of the report by some section of the media, regretted that such reports unfortunately bring the name of the Nigerian Army into disrepute by portraying it as barbaric and murderous.

“Let me state categorically clear that no Nigerian soldier was involved in that incidence in Badagary.

“As a follow up to a preliminary investigation conducted yesterday by the Commander Brigade at Ikeja and the Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, we are aware now that the preliminary investigation has not been able to reveal the perpetrators of that heinous act, so a joint investigation has been ordered by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) in conjunction with Inspector General of Police (IGP) to probe the incident.

“Again, all soldiers were confined to barracks as at the time the incidence was reported, that is, they were being addressed by the Commanding Officer at that time. So there was no case of having a soldier outside the barracks at that time not to talk of accusing him of shooting someone.

“Soldiers of Nigerian Army do not have ammunition to waste unaccounted for, and so if a soldier shoots anybody outside, he must account for that ammunition when he goes back. We don’t waste our ammunition, they are accounted for.

“That is to say, truly, if a soldier did the shooting, then the soldier must be known by now. It means there will be shortfalls in the allocation of his ammunition,” he added.

He also faulted the manner of the killings, saying, “Soldiers do no go matcheting after shooting somebody dead. Reports we got was that the bodies of the deceased were matcheted. It is not our training.”

Besides, he pointed out that there was also a reports of bloody civil unrest that morning in Badagary by truck drivers association and the police around Gbagi police check point along Badagary-Seme express “which the police handled that morning,”.

Though he refused to divulge the terms of reference and timeline for the conclusion of the investigation, the DAPR however assured that such information would be made available soon.

Underscoring the fact that soldiers of the Nigerian Army have always been professional in their conducts within and without the barracks, the Army Spokesman noted that it was not characteristic of the Army to carry our reprisal attack on account of earlier killing of Army Sergeant killed at a Badagary check point by the police.

“Such would never happen, as a matter of fact, there are over 160 police families living in the barracks. Our relationship has always been cordial and it will remain cordial.

“When the staff sergeant was shot by a policeman around Badagry roundabout some days ago, it will interest you to know that the men of Operation MESA, mostly Nigeria Army personnel, were at a very close range and rather than taking laws into their hands, they only arrested those who opened fire and killed the soldier to safe custody.

“As event unfolds, it will also interest you to know that those suspects were still being held, they are safe, the suspects are still there.

“I want to confirm again that there were no reprisals of any kind since that day. It is only the figment of imagination of those who expected that there might be reprisal attack by the Nigerian Army; unfortunately that was not the case,” he added.

The Army image-maker however assured of continued cordial relationships with sister security agencies, saying, “For now, I want to assure all that the Nigerian Army will continue to explore all avenues that make for better cooperation with sister security services rather than being distracted by any sensational and baseless claim.”

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  1. Aone

    May 27, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Well, we are not sure of what has happen but all the same Soldiers always known what they are doing.

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Femi Otedola Reacts To Lekki Tollgate Shooting

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Nigerian businessman, Femi Otedola has finally reacted to the shooting that took place at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos on Tuesday.

Information Nigeria recalls men dressed in military wears opened fire on unarmed #EndSARS protesters, who convened at the area.

Otedola took to his Instagram page on Sunday to commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.

Sharing a photo of the Nigerian flag, he wrote;

“The horrors that have been unfolding in our country have left me filled with sadness. I deeply commiserate with those who have lost their loved ones and as a father, I share the sentiment of my three daughters who protested in Lagos and London. As a young boy of 16, I participated in the ‘Ali Must Go Protest’ of 1978, so I understand the determination of our youths who rightly want our country to be better. We must all do our part to make Nigeria great! I will continue to do my own quota in providing for those who are most in need of support in our country in these tough times .…F.Ote💲”

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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” – Brother Claims

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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” - Brother Claims
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Information Nigeria recalls a graphics designer identified as Oke, was killed hours after tweeting “Nigeria will not kill me” on Wednesday.

It was reported that the young man had passed away after he was hit by a stray bullet.

The deceased’s younger brother, Daniel has come out to clear the air regarding the circumstances leading to his death.

Daniel revealed his brother was stabbed on the neck by thugs who infiltrated and ransacked their home.

In his words;

Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze @O_Okee . I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State.

Today at about 11 o’clock in the morning the police station at makinde was attacked by thugs who wanted to destroy the station, I my mom and brother were holed up in our house.

 The attack went on for hours before the thugs eventually breached the police and proceeded to set the station on fire, after accomplishing this they set their sights to the barracks and began the assault, they proceeded to destroy every car in the barracks, my mom’s 2 cars where destroyed and set on fire and then they infiltrated our house by breaking the door they then proceeded to ransack the house and carted away with everything we own. 

 my brother on trying to get them to take everything but spare us was pushed to my mom’s room and stabbed on the neck, the attacker then proceeded to attack me but missed my neck but got my chin instead, after this my mom and I carried my brothers body to the entrance of the station soliciting for help from the thugs still ravaging the barracks, we were finally able to put him in a wheelbarrow and took him to a hospital where he was rejected because “he was already dead” unfazed we moved him to another hospital where he met the same treatment this was where he bled his last drops of blood and died, his body has now been moved to a morgue

we have lost every single thing we own, as our house was completely ransacked and set on fire the only thing left is my brothers phone and at about 8 o’clock this evening the barracks was still on fire but Okechukwu has paid with the ultimate price

I and my mother are homeless with nothing now but we’re safe for now, we thank everyone that has been able to reach out to us, and were able to share consoling words with us in these trying times, God bless you

While we were holed up in the house the three of us said these words together and we say it again ” THREE OF US ARE HERE, THREE OF US ARE TOGETHER, THREE OF US ARE SAFE”

Let it be known that my brother @O_Okee  was NOT killed by a police bullet but died a hero protecting my mother and I.

If you see this please retweet, let the world know how Okechukwu died. He was NOT killed by a police bullet but thugs in his home!”

Read Also: RIP Oke: Barely 3hours After Tweeting “Nigeria Will Not End Me” #EndSARS Protester Dies From Gunshot

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Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)

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Youths Burn Down Gov Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.

This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.

Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.

Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured

Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.

However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.

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