After repeated denials, the Nigerian Army on Saturday admitted that soldiers were given both live and blank bullets when they were deployed to Lekki toll gate on October 20.
According to the Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, Lagos, Brigadier General Ahmed Taiwo, “the soldiers they were both given both live and blank bullets. In this particular case, we saw that these protests had been infiltrated by some hoodlums,”
Brigadier General Ahmed Taiwo said in his testimony to the Lagos Judicial panel of inquiry into the incident.
He explained that Phase Four of the military internal security operation, which was deployed in the Lekki toll gate on the night of October 20, involved the use of both live and blank ammunition.
Taiwo said a portion of the troops that operated at the toll gate on that night were indeed armed with live bullets.
He, however, maintained that only soldiers with blank bullets fired shots into the air.
Taiwo, who had earlier made a presentation before the panel in defence of the Nigerian Army on November 14, returned on Saturday for cross-examination by two counsel for #EndSARS protesters, Messrs Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN) and Mr Adesina Ogunlana.
When Olumide-Fusika asked Taiwo if soldiers who went to the toll gate carried guns, Taiwo said, “When you are talking of guns, you are talking about high-calibre guns. They were carrying rifles; not guns.”
But Olumide-Fusika told him that a visit to the toll gate after the shooting incidents showed marks or indentations suggestive of gunshots.
Responding, Taiwo said, “Definitely, a portion of the Force will carry live bullets, in case they are attacked. But the soldiers that formed the firing team, who fired, used blank bullets. And that is why you watched the video and saw exactly what happened.”
Source: Daily Tracker News