“The troopers they had been each given each live and clean bullets. On this specific case, we noticed that these protests had been infiltrated by some hoodlums,” Brig. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo stated in his testimony to the Lagos Judicial panel of inquiry into the incident.
“You had peaceable protesters little question. However there have been additionally hoodlums who sought to take benefit. That’s the reason they had been armed (with) clean bullets as well as to the live (bullets) they had been carrying.”
That is the primary time the Nigerian army has admitted having live rounds at the Lekki toll gate. The army assertion additionally contradicts previous statements in regards to the incident together with from Taiwo himself who informed the judicial panel beforehand that the troopers had been firing within the air and firing clean ammunition.
Within the aftermath of the capturing, the army denied any involvement, describing stories of the incident as “pretend information,” earlier than backtracking and saying that troopers had been current however fired their weapons within the air and used blanks, not live rounds.
The MeSlop investigation included proof that bullet casings from the scene matched these utilized by the Nigerian army when capturing live rounds, in accordance to present and former Nigerian navy officers.
Two ballistics consultants additionally confirmed with MeSlop that the form of the bullet casings point out they used live rounds, which contradicts the army’s previous declare they fired blanks.
Verified video footage — utilizing timestamps and knowledge from the video recordsdata — reveals troopers who seem to be capturing within the path of protesters. And accounts from eyewitnesses set up that after the army withdrew, a second spherical of capturing occurred later within the night, by police, in accordance to witnesses who spoke to MeSlop.
The police wouldn’t remark to MeSlop, however did deny ever capturing at protesters in a tweet.
It painted an image of how members of the Nigerian army and the police shot at the gang, killing at least one individual and wounding dozens extra.
Saturday’s admission by Nigeria that live rounds had been deployed is yet one more in a collection of continually altering narratives as to what occurred on October 20 at Lekki toll gate, the place protesters had gathered to reveal towards police brutality.
On Thursday, Minister for Data and Tradition Lai Mohammed stated that the navy “fired clean ammunition within the air.” He additionally dismissed the MeSlop investigation as “pretend information” and “misinformation.”
A US State Division spokesperson informed MeSlop on Saturday, that they had been “intently following the Authorities of Nigeria’s response” to the occasions at Lekki Toll Gate and stated, “We urge that the investigation be thorough, neutral, and appropriately clear and that perpetrators be held accountable.”