Nigerian Army Promotes Comander Ahmed Taiwo, Who Claimed No Killing Occurred At Lekki Toll Gate and Others

Despite video evidence that so many protesters were killed, Brigadier-General Taiwo, who has been representing the army at the sitting of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Lagos State Government to unravel the mystery behind the incident, claimed no one was killed.
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Major-General Ahmed Ibrahim Taiwo

The promotion of 421 senior officers from different ranks to the next higher rank was approved by the Nigerian Army Council.

39 Brigadier-Generals to Major-Generals, 97 Colonels to Brigadier-Generals, 105 Lieutenant-Colonels to Colonels, and 180 Majors to Lieutenant-Colonels are among those promoted.

Among the Brigadier-Generals promoted to the rank of Major-General is Ahmed Ibrahim Taiwo, Commander of the 81st Division of the Nigerian Army, an army unit which on the evening of October 20, 2020, sent troops to Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos to disperse peaceful demonstrators.

Despite video evidence that so many protesters were killed, Brigadier-General Taiwo, who represented the army at the Lagos State Government's Judicial Investigation Panel meeting to unravel the mystery behind the incident, claimed that no one was killed.

He has also given at least seven inconsistent accounts of what truly happened that fateful night at the Lekki Toll Gate.

Last Saturday, the latest of his narrative came when Taiwo told the panel that soldiers were deployed to the scene led by Col. S.O. Bello, 65 Battalion Commanding Officer, and Brig.-Gen. F.O. Omata, In reality, went there with live ammunition, an assertion entirely in contrast to his previous stance on the subject.

However, he said that the live ammunition was used for contingency purposes and not by troops deployed to the scene.

Taiwo is the son of a former Kwara State military governor, Colonel Ibrahim Taiwo, who was recognised during the Civil War for the massacre of over 700 people in Asaba, Delta State.

Culled from Sahara Reporters