The Nigerian Army has said that it didn't use live ammunition on protesters on the evening of October 20, 2020.
Making this revelation while appearing before the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Saturday, Gen. Ahmed Taiwo said it was impossible for protesters to be under fire and singing.
Insisting that nonviolent means was used in the Army’s rules of engagement during the protests, Taiwo said that the army fired blank ammunition to disperse protesters on the evening of the Lekki massacre.
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Playing footage from the scene of the protest scene, Taiwo said that a lot of death would have been recorded if 600m live ammunition was used by the military to disperse the #EndSARS protesters.
“I have been in the army since 1986 and you cannot be under fire and be singing.
“The entry hole for the 600m is thin while the exit is wide, if it hits you in the chest or the bowels, the intestines comes down.
“I am an expert in ammunition having spent so long in the army. Blank ammunition is slower and can do no damage to the flesh and you have nothing to fear except you take a rifle, put it against your eye and fire.
“Even if you put it against your skin and fire you will only have burn marks,” he said.
He further said that it was after the departure of the soldiers that hoodlums set the tollgate on fire.