November 28, 2020

EndSars : soldiers only used blank bullets to disperse the crowd says Brigadier General Ibrahim Taiwo

A set up panel to investigate police brutality in Lagos state has continued its hearing

– The 81 division of the Nigerian Army testified before the panel about its role in dispersing protesters

– Brigadier General Ibrahim Taiwo, the commander of the 81 division made clarifications on the type of bullets used by soldiers on protesters

The Nigerian Army has told an investigating panel that soldiers who were deployed to disperse EndSARS protesters in Lagos took live rounds to the Lekki tollgate on October 20, 2020.

The commander of the 81 division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Ahmed Ibrahim Taiwo, made the disclosure before the judicial panel the set up to probe the incident, The Cable reported. The army commander, however, claimed that soldiers did not use the live rounds on the protesters.

He said the soldiers only used blank bullets to disperse the crowd. Taiwo stated that the live rounds were on the ground to protect the troops from suspected hoodlums who could cause trouble. Meanwhile, a report by The Nation has indicated that the Nigerian Army sent not less than seven trucks to the Lekk tollgate on the night of October 20, when #EndSARS protesters were reportedly shot and killed.

The trucks, two white and five black, were seen on footage of the incident provided by the Lekki Concession Company (LCC). According to the report, the two hours and 5 minutes of the 21-hour video was being played, adding that the soldiers arrived at about 6:43 pm.

In another news, the Coalition Against Fake News (CAFN) on Thursday, November 19, described the investigative report by the Cable News Network (CNN) on the Lekki toll gate shooting in Lagos as abuse of fair reportage.

CAFN alleged that CNN was unprofessional and biased in its reportage which alleged that troops of the Nigerian Army used live bullets during the #EndSARS protests.

The group said the report by CNN is only a mere rehash of the existing narrative that has been faulted by different independent bodies in Nigeria and across the world.

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