The Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade , Victoria Island, Lagos , Brigadier General Ahmed Taiwo, has 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 .
The general stated this on Saturday at the resumed proceedings of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged killing of # EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate on the night of October 20 by soldiers.
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 . ”lekki
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