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#EndSARS: Nigerian Army is professional – Buratai replies CNN

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Following the recent report by CNN saying that live bullets were used on peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai has insisted the Nigerian Army is a professional Army who will never operate outside the rules of engagement.

CNN recently released an investigative video, detailing the October 20, 2020 Lekki toll gate massacre, after weeks of denial by the Nigerian Army and the Lagos government.

In the video, CNN explained that it has contacted over 100 people who gave account of what happened on that night and provided findings and graphic images to counter the claims of the Nigerian Army.

Buratai while speaking on the EndSARS issue with members of the House of Representatives committee on Army at Army headquarters on Wednesday, assured Nigerians that “ the Nigerian Army is a professional Army. We follow our rules of engagement. Nigerians should feel safe, we abide by rules of engagement and the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.”

On the issue of kidnapping and banditry causing untold hardship on citizens along the Abuja – Kaduna road, the Buratai said, “the issues of kidnapping and bandits attacks are being taken care of, and Nigerian Air Force and the Army are doing a lot in this regard.”

He noted that in order to boost the capability of the Army to subsequently rise up to the challenges of insecurity in the country, Vanguard reported.

“The Nigerian Army Aviation is being reactivated pointing out that the Helicopter project is at the ‘heart of our plans. In this regard, we have acquired two helicopters from the Transmission Company of Nigeria. We have added them to our platform and they will be rehabilitated and used for research,” he said.

The Army Chief further told the committee members that owing to the myriad of security challenges confronting the country, there is need for a Special Intervention Fund from the government for procurement of more equipment, training and provision of accommodation and other infrastructure in military barracks.

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