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EndSARS – Nigerian Army Set to Promote Lieutenant Colonel S O Bello Whose Boys Allegedly Massacred Lekki Protesters.
The Nigerian Army Council unanimously authorized the promotion of Lieutenant Colonel S O Bello, the commanding officer of the 65 Batallion, which was at the Lekki tollgate on the evening of that day protesters were massacre.
Protesters were killed at the Lekki tollgate, according to the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Police Brutality, which conducted an investigation into the Lekki massacre and released a report on Monday.
According to the allegation, at least nine people were reported deceased at the Lekki toll plaza on October 20, 2020, when soldiers headed by Bello assaulted the area in an attempt to disrupt #EndSARS demonstrators.
81 Division Intelligence Brigade Major General Ahmed Ibrahim Taiwo testified before the Lagos Judicial Panel that, Bello was the commander on the field who gave the order for soldiers to fire shots into a crowd of people near the toll gate.
He had said, ” Bello had arrived the scene first before Omata, as the whole 81 Division Garrison had been given the mandate to secure the whole Eti- Osa corridor. Omata had left Obalende to meet up with Bello and patrol the whole area.
” When I called Bello, he said that while they were being deployed, they were attacked by hoodlums and they released some shots into the air. I also asked him if anybody had died as it is being reported over the Internet and he replied ‘ negative’ that nobody had died that he had only seen two people who had fainted and were revived.
” I had called three times and after speaking with Bello, I spoke to General Omata using Bello’s phone. It was one of those instances that when I called Bello he said Omata was with him. I spoke with Omata and asked if deaths were recorded and he told me no. I called him twice and he said no, that the place had been cleared. “
Bello, on the other hand, refused to appear before the panel when he was called to defend himself against all of the charges leveled against him.
Jonathan Ogunsanya, one of the registrars who served on the panel, testified that the Kogi State-born military commander had refused to accept the summons that had been given to him when it was called to order.
According to military sources on Thursday, despite the fact that Bello was in charge of the unit that unleashed mayhem on defenseless protestors, he has been promoted to the rank of Col.
” Lt Col S. O. Bello has just been promoted to the rank of a Colonel. He is the commanding officer who led the Lekki massacre, ” one of the sources, a colonel told SaharaReporters.
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EndSARS – Nigerian Army Set to Promote Lieutenant Colonel S. O. Bello Whose Boys Allegedly Massacred Lekki Protesters.
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