Banana Island Residents Protest Alleged Military Invasion, Waylay Buratai

There was a mild drama on the Banana Island Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos State, on Saturday after residents waylaid the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, who had allegedly visited the estate to inaugurate a project.

Buratai, had been invited by the Nigerian Army Properties Limited to commission an estate, Apple Island, inside Banana Island, when the residents mobilised against the inauguration.

The Chief of Army Staff, who was taken aback by the blockage, appealed to the protesters, who alleged militarisation of the estate and destruction of their jetty by soldiers.

The Chief of Army Staff was said to have left without cutting the tape, just as he allegedly ordered that the project board earlier put up for the occasion be removed.

A resident, Tokunbo Wahab, told reporters that a battalion of soldiers had created panic last Monday when they stormed the estate.

He claimed that the armed men destroyed the estate jetty fence and signboard on the premise that it was part of the Apple Island.

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