The Nigerian Army says soldiers who were deployed to the Lekki Toll Gate on the night of October 20, 2020, were with live and blank bullets.
Commander of the 81 division of the Nigerian Army, Ibrahim Taiwo, made the disclosure on Saturday while testifying before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged killing of #EndSARS protesters.
Taiwo, who had in a previous testimony said only blank bullets were fired, explained that live rounds were not used on the protesters.
While being cross-examined by Olumide Fusika, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), the army commander said the live rounds were meant for the protection of the army team that was deployed to restore order in the state as the protest raged on.
He said while the soldiers who opened fire used blank bullets, their colleagues with live rounds were on ground to protect from suspected hoodlums who fomented trouble.
“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,” Taiwo said.