The Nigerian Army yesterday finally admitted that they went to the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, EndSARS protest with live Bullet.
The army made this statement while testifying before the judicial panel set up by the Lagos State government set up to probe the incident.
Through the Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, Lagos, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo informed the panel that no live rounds were fired at the scene.
Taiwo, while commenting on the fracas during cross-examined by Olumide Fusika, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), however, claimed that the live rounds were not used on protesters but were meant for the protection of the army team deployed to restore order in the state.
While being cross-examined by another counsel to #EndSARS protesters, Mr. Adeshina Ogunlana, Mr. Taiwo said the military acted professionally and within the army’s engagement rules.
“The soldiers will be using both live and blank bullets and in this particular case, we saw that this protest had been infiltrated by hoodlums. We had peaceful protesters no doubt, but there were hoodlums who sought to take advantage of the protest,” he said.
However, he claimed that the army was not deployed to the Lekki Tollgate, “but were on patrol to clear up the Lekki, Eti-Osa corridor,” once again countering its earlier claim that the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu invited the army. Sanwo-Olu had earlier denied inviting the soldiers. EndSARS