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General News of Wednesday, 17 November 2021


ENDSARS: Chief of Defence Staff warns against making disparaging comments about military

Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor play videoChief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, has cautioned Nigerians against making insightful comments at the military.

His comment comes after the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on November 5, 2021, indicted the Nigerian army and police in the Lekki tollgate massacre which occurred on October 20, 2020.

The army were accused of shooting innocent civilians during the EndSARS protest last year, which caused the deaths of many and injured several others.

Speaking to the press, Irabor said on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, reacted to the reports which was presented to the Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

He said,

''You must have seen a report that was released through, in my view a wrong channel, that is making the rounds on social media. Whether it is a true report, I can't tell but I like to indicate that the normal procedue is to have such a report submitted to the convering authority and then there will be a white paper that will be presented, based on which one can make informed comments.

I will like to indicate that the armed forces of Nigeria is a professional armed forces. We were pupiled by Nigerians and we are committed to constitutional mandates. We do not at this point think that Nigerians should make disparaging remarks regarging the armed forces of Nigeria, in the sense that we are a professional armed forces.

If there were issues, of course we will address them within the ambit of the provisions. It will not be wise to disparage men and women who have worked so hard to ensure that the territorial integrity of this nation is kept intact. ''

The Chief of Defence Staff added,

''If Nigerians don't trust us then we wouldn't be doing what we are doing. It is the armed forces of Nigerians. We are not talking about the police. When the armed forces are called out, it is because there is a need for the armed forces.There is no one that does not require to live in peace and so we need to understand that the armed forces are there to keep the peace''

Watch a video of him speaking below...

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