CNN investigation confirms eyewitnesses claims that the army fired live ammunition at protesters

A CNN report has established that live ammunition was fired at the military operation carried out on the 20th of October at the Lekki tollgate.

The footage shows nigerian soldiers shooting directly at the #EndSARS protesters who had gathered at the tollgate to press home their demands to for the disbandment of SARS as well as an end to police brutality.

The media house also interviewed some of the protesters who were at the scene when the shooting occurred. They claim the soldiers indeed fired live ammunitions at them.

“Evidence of bullet casings from the scene match those used by the Nigerian army when shooting live rounds, according to current and former Nigerian military officials. Verified video footage — using timestamps and data from the video files — shows soldiers who appear to be shooting in the direction of protesters. And accounts from eyewitnesses establish that after the army withdrew, a second round of shooting happened later in the evening.” CNN

CNN also tracked the bullets shells seen at the Toll Gate and the companies that supplied the Nigerian Army Weapons since 2005.

“And working with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, CNN has established that several of the bullets from the Lekki toll gate originated from Serbia. Export documents CNN has seen show that Nigeria purchased weaponry from Serbia almost every year between 2005 and 2016.”-CNN

Recall that Nigeria drew global attention when military men stormed the Lekki toll plaza where #EndSARS protesters gathered and fired gunshots.

Shortly after the incident, Governor Sanwo-Olu in a press conference denied giving the order for the military to engage the #endSARS protesters saying that no sitting governor controls the rules of engagement of the military.

On October 26, the governor granted an interview to CNN where he stated that only two deaths were recorded from the incident. He added that he visited the scene the next day and couldn’t find bloodstains.

On the day of the incident, the Nigerian Army took to its Twitter handle to deny claims its personnel was at the scene of the incident.

Later on the military accepted that they were at the scene but that they didn’t fire live ammunition at the protesters.

Claims and counterclaims continued to unfold at the Lagos State Judicial Panel investigating the incidence, with the military later expressing their disappointment at the fact that Gov Sanwo Olu denied inviting them to the scene of the protests.

Several families are still searching for the bodies of their loved ones, even as the army continues to deny reports that they left with the bodies of the protesters who were killed.

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Written by Andrew Odoe
Serial Entrepreneur, Humanitarian, Social Activist and Writer.
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