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#EndSARS: Bullets fired at Lekki toll gate were from Nigerian Army – forensic expert

A forensics company, Sentinel Forensic Limited, on Friday disclosed that the bullets expelled from firearms during the #EndSARS protest in Lagos on October 20, 2020, were from the Nigerian Army.

A forensics company, Sentinel Forensic Limited, on Friday disclosed that the bullets expelled from firearms during the #EndSARS protest in Lagos on October 20, 2020, were from the Nigerian Army.

The company’s representative, Joseph Kayode Funsho, disclosed this during an appearance before the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution which sat on Friday.

According to Funsho, the live ammunition (bullets) were discovered to have been registered to the Nigerian Army. He, however, said the blanks didn’t match the records from the Nigerian Army’s inventory.

Recall that the Commander of the 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Brigadier Ahmed Taiwo, who appeared before the Judicial Panel in November 2020, had insisted that only blank bullets containing gunpowder were fired at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20.

Brig Taiwo also told the Panel that the military only fired into the air and not directly at the #EndSARS protesters.

While explaining that the blank bullets used, cannot cause any damage to the flesh, Brigadier Taiwo said if live bullets were indeed fired, one bullet had the potency to kill three persons at one shot.

The Panel has however adjourned sitting to Saturday, September 11, for further hearing on the case.

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