The general said the army was told that the 24 – hour curfew declared by Sanwo- Olu would start from 4 pm and that the military was not informed after the commencement time was shifted to 9 pm .
He said , “ Due to the urgency of the situation, it was no wonder that the governor declared a 24 – hour curfew , which was supposed to start by 4 pm . Analysing that further, it shows that the situation was dire and they wanted everyone off the streets ; if you like sleep in your office , or at home, just stay off the streets and let us deal with the criminals .
“ After some observation , this timing was shifted till 9 pm . However , this timing was not communicated to the Nigerian Army . But be that as it may , the Nigerian Army deployed immediately to forestall further violence and loss of lives.
“ The deployment, contrary to what is out there , was done throughout Lagos State upon receipt of instruction to activate Phase four of internal security . The deployment was all over Lagos State , not only Lekki tollgate and the rules of engagement for internal security were strictly followed. ”