The Nigerian Army has denied shooting a live bullets at protesters during the EndSARS protest which occurred on 20th October at Lekki Tollgate, area of Lagos State.
This was made known to the public on Saturday by Brigadier Ahmed Taiwo, the Commander of the 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, when he appeared before the Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Lagos state government to investigate cases of police brutality.
Taiwo however, insisted that the Nigerian army didn’t fire live bullets at the protesters, but rather, fire the bullets on air.
He said, that the blank bullets used cannot cause any damage to the flesh, Brigadier Taiwo said if real bullets were indeed fired, one bullet had the potency to kill three persons at one shot.
He reiterated the Army’s position that they were deployed to the scene on the orders of the state government.
While a curfew had been put in place to contain the violence that had broken out in parts of the state by persons who hijacked the peaceful protests, the army said it did get the update that the timing which had initially been set to commence at 4:00 pm, was shifted to 9:00 pm.
He insists that the troops were not only deployed to the Lekki tollgate but also to other areas like Badagry, Ikorodu, Apapa, Alimosho, Epe, Lagos Island and the entire state to restore normalcy.
He went further to say, that after the soldiers left the area, hoodlums went on to destroy the toll gate plaza.