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EndSARS: We Went To Lekki Tollgate With Live Bullets – Nigeria Army Confirms

Valentine Chinyem

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The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, has admitted that troops went to the Lekki tollgate #EndSARS protests ground with live ammunitions.

This is against the previous statement that it only fired blank ammunitions at protesters, when soldiers stormed the Tollgate.

This was made known by Brig.-General Ibrahim Taiwo, Commander of the division, on Saturday while testifying before the panel the Lagos State Government set up to probe the incident.

While being cross examined by Olumide Fusika, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and member of the panel, Gen. Taiwo insisted that no one was killed at the tollgate as soldiers only fired blank ammunition at the protesters and not live rounds.

According to him, the live ammunitions soldiers took to the protest ground, was for the protection of the army team that was deployed to restore order in the Tollgate and also protect them from hoodlums.

However, before Brig.-Gen. Taiwo began with his testimony, members of the panel resumed viewing of CCTV footage of the October 20 protest at the Lekki Toll Gate captured by Lekki Concession Company.

The footage showed that about seven military trucks with flashing headlights arrived at the toll-gate at about 6.45 pm while one of the trucks drove through the tollgate to the other end at about 6.55 pm.

The CCTV also showed that the soldiers also forced #EndSARS protesters away from the barricade at the toll gate.

An indepth investigation by American news channel, CNN, which placed soldiers at the tollgate at the time of the protests, and also confirmed protesters were killed, was aired over the week.

The federal government, through the minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has since denied any wrong doing, calling the news channel biased and threatening to sue them, if they fail to apologise over the broadcast.

But the news channel, in its response, says, it stands by its report.