The Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, Lagos, Brigadier General Ahmed Taiwo, on Saturday admitted before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged killing of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate that soldiers deployed in the place went there with live and blank bullets.
Taiwo admitted that some of the soldiers went there with live bullets but he insisted that only the soldiers who carried blank bullets fired on the night of October 20.
The General said this at the resumed hearing when he was cross-examinedby two counsels for #EndSARS protesters, Messrs Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN) and Mr Adesina Ogunlana.
When Olumide-Fusika asked the General if soldiers who went to the toll gate carried guns, Taiwo said the soldiers carried rifles and not guns.
He said, “When you are talking of guns, you are talking about high-calibre guns. They were carrying rifles; not guns.”
But the counsel told Taiwo that a visit to the toll gate after the shooting incidents showed marks or indentations suggestive of gunshots.
Taiwo said, “Definitely, a portion of the force will carry live bullets, in case they are attacked. But the soldiers that formed the firing team, who fired, used blank bullets. And that is why you watched the video and saw exactly what happened.”