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EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by HenryThegreat1(m): 3:14am On Nov 08, 2020
We only fired blank ammunition to scare hoodlums – Bello
…insists nobody was shot dead, says protesters happy seeing soldiers
•Hoodlums threw stones, broken bottles at us – Army commanders
•Panel suspends sitting as youths protest CBN’s freezing of members’ accounts


The Commander, 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Brig Gen Musa Etsu-Ndagi, representing the Nigerian Army on the Lagos State Security Council, has said he received a phone call from the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, around 7.23pm on October 20,2020 informing him that a certain Lt Col Bello was reportedly shooting at the Lekki tollgate where #EndSARS protesters were gathered.

Etsu-Ndagi said he immediately called Bello, who is the Commanding Officer, 65 Battalion, Bonny Camp, Victoria Island, and he (Bello) told him that he only fired blank ammunition into the air.

Etsu-Ndagi, who is one of the top four military officers listed as witnesses of the Nigerian Army before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the Lekki tollgate shootings, stated this in his statement on oath filed at the panel’s registry on Friday.

The top Nigerian Army officers insisted that soldiers never shot at or killed anyone and there was no massacre at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20.

They vehemently denied using live ammunition on the #EndSARS protesters who gathered at the tollgate, adding that soldiers did not take any dead bodies away.

Bello said the protesters were, in fact, happy to see the soldiers at the tollgate, adding that he personally offered the protesters water and drinks while persuading them to go home and observe the 24-hour curfew declared by the Lagos State Government.

The other army officers who deposed to witness statements before the panel are the Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, Lagos, Brig Gen Ahmed Taiwo; the Chief of Staff, 81 Division, Nigerian Army, VI, Lagos, Brig Gen Nsikak Edet; Commander, 81 Division Garrison, VI, Brig Gen Francis Omata.

Specifically, Omata and Bello told the panel that by the time they arrived at the tollgate, the protest had turned from peaceful to violent.

They said on arrival at the tollgate, they were being pelted with stones and broken bottles and that in response all they did was fire blank ammunition into the air to disperse the crowd.

Omata said, “On arrival at the tollgate at about 7.30pm, I met a rowdy situation. I also met the Commanding Officer, 65 Battalion (Bello), who briefed me on the situation. He briefed me that he met a hostile crowd, hoodlums mixed with the protesters, who were chanting and throwing stones at them. I was able to disperse the crowd by firing blank ammunition into the air.

“At this point, stones and sticks were being thrown at us. Then I moved to a safe area and briefed General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Maj Gen Godwin Ahamefuna Umelo by phone.

“The General Officer Commanding directed me to pacify the hostile crowd and move the troops back to base. However, the crowd still continued chanting #EndSARS. I then instructed the troops to withdraw to base.”

Giving his own account of the incident, Bello said while he was moving towards the Lekki-Ajah Expressway at around 6.45pm, he heard gunshots before the tollgate and on coming down he saw that “the crowd had turned from peaceful protesters to a mob, infiltrated by hoodlums.”

He said, “On getting to the tollgate, I persuaded the crowd to go home and observe the 24-hours curfew declared by the state government. But surprisingly, the hoodlums continued throwing stones, bottles and other dangerous objects at us and were burning tyres. I again fired some blank ammunition upward to scare the hoodlums away. But some protesters who were still at the tollgate sitting down quietly were given water and drinks by me while pleading with them to go home.”

Bello stressed that “we did not fire at the protesters. Blank ammunition were fired upward to scare the hoodlums from the crowd. Nobody was shot dead at the Lekki tollgate, there was no massacre as claimed. The claim that the military took away dead bodies was not true. The protesters were happy to see us as indicated in some of the video clips of 20th October 2020.”

Panel suspends sitting as youths protests CBN’s freezing of members’ accounts

The sitting of the Lagos State Panel of Judicial Inquiry probing the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate was frustrated on Saturday due to the absence of the two youth members of the panel, Oluwarinu Oduala and Temitope Majekodunmi.

Oduala, who is one of the promoters of the #EndSARS protest, failed to show up for the Saturday sitting in protest against the freezing of her bank account by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The PUNCH had reported that the CBN obtained a court order freezing the accounts of 20 #EndSARS promoters till January 2021. One of those affected was Oduala.

The chairman of the judicial, retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, said the panel had no other option but to suspend Saturday sitting as it could not form a quorum in the absence of the two youths.

Justice Okuwobi said, “We are confronted with a situation which prevented her (Oduala) from coming. We do not know if the two youths’ representatives will eventually pull out.

“We don’t want a situation where proceedings would go on and later it is impugned with controversy for lack of quorum.”

Justice Okuwobi stressed that it was important for all the sittings of the panel to be held in accordance with the law.

“In all matters, we have to wait for them (youth representatives) to join us. Without them, we are handicapped,” she said.

The panel scheduled Saturday to take the testimony of the Nigerian Army on the October 20 shootings by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos.

A soldier had already taken the witness stand when before Justice Okuwobi announced that the sitting could not proceed.

Responding, counsel for the Nigerian Army, A. T. Kehinde (SAN), who explained that the army’s appearance on Saturday was pursuant to an October 28 summons by the panel, appreciated the panel for explaining its challenges to everyone.

He asked to be guided on the next date his client would appear before the panel.

Also speaking, counsel for the Lagos State Government, Olukayode Enitan (SAN), aligned himself with the submission by the counsel for the Army.

“The issue of a quorum is if utmost importance as to the competence of the panel to proceed and as to the integrity of recommendation to be made at the end of proceedings.

“Therefore, the directive for the panel to adjourn is quite appropriate,” Enitan said.

Counsel for #EndSARS protesters, Mr Adesina Ogunlana, described the development as an embarrassment to both the panel and lawyers.

Ogunlana, who claimed to have privileged information about plans to disrupt the panel sittings using thugs, advised the panel to be proactive and to ask the government to do the needful.

“Government cannot approbate and reprobate. This disconnect must be addressed immediately,” he said.

Also, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, who said he was before the panel on behalf of some victims who wanted to make a presentation before it said he would need the panel’s directive in view of the development.

Olumide-Fusika gave the names of some of his clients as Raimi Olumide, Solomon Samuel Ageze, Olamilekan Sanusi, Ayodeji Beckley, Samuel Asala, Agbese Isiawu and Onileowo Legend.

Justice Okuwobi adjourned further sitting of the panel till next Saturday, November 14.

The panel had on Friday fixed next Tuesday, November 10, to continue the viewing of the video footage of the Lekki shootings submitted by the Lekki Concession Company, operator of the tollgate.

In an interview with journalists, the #EndSARS protesters’ lawyer, Ogunlana, said the freezing of the bank accounts of the promoters of the protests had substantiated his submission to the panel on Friday that his life and those of his clients were being threatened.

He declared the freezing of the protesters’ accounts as a declaration of war by the government.

Ogunlana said, “Why are they boycotting the panel? Why did they choose to boycott the panel? It is because one of them has been sanctioned by the Federal Government via the court.

“These people say, ‘How can you put us on a panel for the purpose of resolving this issue and then you are sanctioning us very drastically?’

“We are talking about financial squeeze; they can’t operate their accounts again; that’s a declaration of war. You know one of the ways of fighting a war is starvation. So, these people are saying you can’t ask us to do a job, promising peace and progress, then you are punishing us. That is what happened. And the law setting the panel up say those young people, representatives of the youth are necessary. So, their presence is necessary for the panel to form a quorum.”

A member of the panel, who spoke to Sunday PUNCH on condition of anonymity, said the panel members generally felt betrayed by the government.

The member said, “Most panel members feel a sense of betrayal by the government. Many of the members are sacrificing their time, reputations and even careers, for this assignment, so that peace can be restored.

“It is unfair on the side of the government to provoke the protesters. Having set up the various panels, the government should not be the one undermining the gallant efforts of the panel members.

“In this regard, panel members view the freezing of the bank account of Miss Rachael Oduala (Rinu) as a direct affront on the integrity of the panel.”

The member said it amounted to “the greatest act of provocation for the government to freeze their bank accounts, seize their travel documents or even arrest the #EndSARS protesters since they embraced dialogue by agreeing to serve on panels set up by the government.

“If this should continue, how will the panel get witnesses to come out openly to narrate their experiences? The government should set good examples and not carry on as if there is no law regulating human affairs. We expect the government to reach out to the youth protesters to resolve all issues with them. The panel cannot sit under the present circumstances,” the member said.

https://punchng.com/endsars-sanwo-olu-called-me-to-say-col-bello-was-shooting-at-lekki-gen-tells-lagos-panel/

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by DenreleDave(m): 3:16am On Nov 08, 2020
See yawa

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by Luckydubby7(m): 3:18am On Nov 08, 2020
This is why they want to block the internet so that when they put out nonsense nobody will question them.
Now, they are telling us one imaginary Col. Bello was shooting at lekki togate without order from ogas at d top?

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by litigator(m): 3:25am On Nov 08, 2020
I tell you

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by EricBloodAxe: 3:34am On Nov 08, 2020
I didn't know blank ammunitions are now used to scare crowds of protesters away plus this statement lacks the basic information which the investigating panel and Nigerians need to know which is, "who ordered the army to be present at the lekki tollgate to disperse the protesters"?
Telling us that Lt Col Bello who commands 65 battalion bonny camp was shooting blanks at the tollgate is not the answer. We need to know who ordered Lt Col Bello to the tollgate in the first instance.

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by mbaise1000: 3:36am On Nov 08, 2020
people certainly will not accept this explanation, they should have said that IPOB AND KANU did the shooting and I am 97% sure that 97% of the people would have accepted it.

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by simple250: 3:49am On Nov 08, 2020
God bless dj switch , if not the death of our heros would have been in vain ..



Abeg where stones they for lekki toll gate?

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by OlujobaSamuel: 3:58am On Nov 08, 2020
Hmmmmmmm, so says the army that was never there.
Blank bullet flew from Bonny camp to the toll gate.

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by Moferere: 4:13am On Nov 08, 2020
But Malami said those people who shot at the protesters were hoodlums in army uniforms.

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by modsfucker: 4:27am On Nov 08, 2020
This story doesn't add up at all.

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by OfficialAwol(m): 5:44am On Nov 08, 2020
modsfucker:
This story doesn't add up at all.

Don't mind the fools. They think every Nigerian is a dead brain zombie like the idiots on Nairaland.

At one point he claimed he offered water to protesters and asked them to go home and observe the curfew and protesters were happy to see the army.

The same people are claiming at another point that the army met a hostile crowd of protesters and hoodlums who pelted the army with water and broken bottles.

The question now is, how did you know a "hostile" crowd was happy to see the army?

Second, how were able to offer water to a "hostile" crowd since you met a hostile situation as aggravated by Col. Bello which made you start firing "blank" bullets?

You see the inconsistency in their. They cant even lie properly.

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by priceaction: 5:44am On Nov 08, 2020
You see that this order came from top and above. The story and defence line contradicted. You were shooting at someone, yet you awere giving them water and they started jubilating. Some people no get conscience. Broad light lieing...
Tinubu and sanwolu may be innocent after all . For a general to open up that the governor called him that one, (emphasis on a certain col) col. Bello was shooting at the protesters means that he might not be aware of the shootings or the invasion.
People need to understand that no matter how people twist stories, truth will always prevail one day.
And recently I saw how fake news always generate and move faster. When they asked military, who ordered the shootings, then many sensational headlines and their reply was that sanwolu called us to deal with the end SARS protesters, main while according to what they referred to, it was after the lekki shootings that sanwolu claimed he invited the military when he said he couldn't talk to bubu for 2x and the cabals directed army chief to talk to him later claiming it was from president. They cleverly dogged who shot at the protesters. A lot of people including the elites fell for their tricks to confuse us, and the fake defence generated faster.
It was after the shooting, that turned violent for days that the military intervened to return to normalcy and governor was aware of that and not before the shootings. Then they dodged who started the shooting... .
Now truth gradually coming out. Col. Bello will always get an order from somewhere. If they really want to get who ordered him, it's only for them to track the call log that day.

Someone from above pulled the call to the base, after seen what they did to those protesters in Abuja. Its so unfortunate, there aim now will be to frustrate the panel and make it crumble. They have started by freezing those accounts to frustrate the truth.
Youths will come out stronger. And using force to supress them will only worsen the situation sooner or later.

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by desmondidiot: 5:46am On Nov 08, 2020
Naija, it is finished

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by ZhiosonWind: 5:46am On Nov 08, 2020
The question should be who ordered the soldiers to be at the toll gate and how could blank bullets kill 2 people. Because sanwolu confirmed 2 people were killed

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by Mancrossfire: 5:47am On Nov 08, 2020
Since the birds had learned to fly without perching, hunter will learn to shoot without missing!

Since our leaders had learned to lie without conscience let them be given juju to swear with. Only then will the people take their words seriously otherwise everything from the mouth of these blood suckers are lies upon lies.

You fired blank ammunition in the air, How come two people died? Or does it mean that gun powder from blank ammunition fired into air can kill people? Because Gov Sanwo olu confirmed the other day that two people were killed during the shooting at lekki toll gate

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by dollarstays: 5:48am On Nov 08, 2020
from the look of things this mata fit reach next year plus .....
it always makes me laugh the way this Government respond to the masses accusation.......for example:: 1)because the masses are shouting there were gun shots at the tollgate....now FG response:: the gun was shot upwards....
2)the masses::this government is not doing anything
FG response:: please bear with us if you think we are not doing enough.... grin grin .....they are always at the chess table waiting for the masses to make the move!!!

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by Redoil: 5:56am On Nov 08, 2020
APC online minions from hell your attention are needed here come and defend your pay masters

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by Flexherbal(m): 6:15am On Nov 08, 2020
simple250:
God bless dj switch , if not the death of our heros would have been in vain ..



Abeg where stones they for lekki toll gate?

A very good question.

There is no lie , they have not told about this lekki shooting.

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by Teewhy2: 6:16am On Nov 08, 2020
Same story since the day of fela, that is why he sang unknown soldier.
No need for too much explanation why not show unedited CCTV footage of what that night to defend yourself.

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by rawtouch: 6:16am On Nov 08, 2020
cool

the clean up team sent outdid themselves they cleared the stones, bottles, cutlasses and also washed the blood away now both sides are clutching at straws to present evidence, well played by those forces beyond our control



truth is live ammo shells were seen on site

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by tillaman(m): 6:16am On Nov 08, 2020
shocked
Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by IMASTEX: 6:17am On Nov 08, 2020
Hmm
Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by Ayoswit(f): 6:17am On Nov 08, 2020
Dis country eh undecided

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by oyeb15: 6:17am On Nov 08, 2020
Irresponsible government at all levels

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by whytediamond(m): 6:18am On Nov 08, 2020
Nigerian government has failed the youths.

Papa wen no respect him old age and position, children go slap him bald head.

That panel of inquiry sitting is a total sham designed to waste the precious time of well meaning youths and international organisations. Watch how it will end. Inconclusive as usual, because nobody will be brought to book in the end.

Rubbish.

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by triggafinga: 6:18am On Nov 08, 2020
Truth will come out soon
Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by TimFisher2: 6:18am On Nov 08, 2020
undecided

I don’t think so, it was Colonel Ojukwu


I just remembered the Lekki massacre was a hoax according to some people

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by bolaayenimo: 6:18am On Nov 08, 2020
Guess what will happen at the end of the panel.
Swept under the carpet

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by datola: 6:18am On Nov 08, 2020
Sanwo-Olu is a passionate leader and couldn't have ordered shooting of peaceful protesters.

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by mainman7(m): 6:19am On Nov 08, 2020
Evidences of massive electoral Fraud perpetrated all over USA has began to emerge. Dems are truly demon-possessed Satanists that want to control and enslave the World by all means. I was wondering how the good people of America would be so foolish enough to enthrone an habitual pedophile child molester and confirmed Satanist. Trump is not perfect, no human being is, not you not I. Americans must not accept the fraudulent victory of Leftists. This Mailed-in ballots Fraud was repeated all over US for the abominable ForBiden to overtake Trump. Watch one of such live: https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-11-06-pennsylvania-election-worker-caught-filling-out-ballots.html

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by ivolt: 6:19am On Nov 08, 2020
Even Sanwo-olu was almost fooled because of the of the various fake videos about "massacre". Several standby actors released videos crying about protesters being killed in drove. Some were even cursing from their rooms and streaming their tears live on facebook.

The most annoying one was one guy who claimed that "they are killing us here at Lekki" in a blurry video while standing just a few meters from live gunshots. Who was he? a bullet resistant superman. He was clearly a poorly trained propagandist.

One devilish liar claimed 78 people died and continue to revise down the number. They were removing bullets with fingernails claimed another trained liar. In what part of the real world do civilians remove bullets from a gunshot wound?

These power hungry sponsored anarchists changed a real shooting event into a fake massacre to take over the government through the backdoor. They failed and are now cooking another plan for the weeks ahead.

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Re: EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki - Gen Ndagi by chamboy(m): 6:19am On Nov 08, 2020
Why do I feel Lt Col Bello acted on his own accord. His over zealous trigger happy boys have some questions to answer.

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