The Nigerian Army has denied using live ammunition on #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate on October 20. Commander of the 81 Division, Military Intelligence Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Ahmed Taiwo, testified on behalf of the Nigerian Army before the Lagos judicial panel on Saturday, November 14. He affirmed that soldiers fired blank ammunition into the air to disband protesters on the night of the alleged shooting.
Taiwo stated that there would have more fatalities on that day, iif the 600m live ammunition commonly used by the military were used to disperse the #EndSARS protesters.
In his words;
“I have been in the army since 1986 and you cannot be under fire and be singing.
“The entry hole for the 600m is thin while the exit is wide, if it hits you in the chest or the bowels, the intestines come down.
“I am an expert in ammunition having spent so long in the army. Blank ammunition is slower and can do no damage to the flesh and you have nothing to fear except you take a rifle, put it against your eye and fire.
“Even if you put it against your skin and fire you will only have burn marks.”
He also told the panel that there was a setback in communication between the Lagos State Government and the Nigerian Army regarding the imposing and lifting of the curfew.