The Defence Headquarters yesterday spoke on the deployment of troops in Lagos. The DHQ made its position known in a statement in Abuja by its spokesman, Col. Mohammed Yerimah.
The statement said: “The attention of the Defence Headquarters has been drawn to the unsubstantiated claims by a section of the public alleging that the Federal Government ordered the deployment of troops in Lagos to halt the protest against the fuel subsidy removal.
“While the Defence Headquarters do not wish to join issues with any individual or groups regarding the matter, we wish to state categorically, in the interest of the larger society, that there is no element of truth in those claims.
“The soldiers seen on the streets of Lagos are still the same men of the Special Task Force code-named: Operation MESA set up and sponsored by the Lagos State Government long before the fuel subsidy protest, for the purpose of supporting the civil police in protecting lives and property as is the case in many parts of the country…’