Brigadier General Ahmed Taiwo, the Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, Lagos, described the internal security operations of the military officers which was deployed to Lekki toll gate on the night of October 20, used both live and blank ammunition.
Taiwo confirmed that some of the troops that operated at the toll gate on that fateful night were actually armed with live bullets.
However, he insisted that it was only soldiers with blank bullets fired shots into the air.
The general declared this on Saturday at the the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry investigating the alleged murder of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate on the night of October 20 by soldiers.
Taiwo, previously made a presentation before the panel in defence of the Nigerian Army on November 14, came back on Saturday for cross-examination by two counsel for #EndSARS protesters, Mr Adesina Ogunlana and Messrs Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN)
When one of the two legal counsel for the #EndSARS protesters, Olumide-Fusika asked Taiwo whether soldiers who went to the toll gate actually carried guns, Taiwo Made this reply, “When you are talking of guns, you are talking about high-calibre guns. They were carrying rifles; not guns.” Insisting that the soldiers that formed the firing squad , who eventually fired, used blank bullets.