Ibrahim Taiwo, commander of the 81 division, military intelligence brigade of the Nigerian army, has revealed why the militaryi killed the some of the EndSars protesters
says the military responds to stone attacks with gunshots.
Speaking when he appeared before the judicial panel the Lagos state government set up to probe the shooting incident at the Lekki tollgate, on Saturday, Taiwo said soldiers came under attack immediately they arrived at the scene.
Taiwo said the soldiers were, however, attacked by hoodlums around the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, and one of them sustained injuries.
“We had men and materials – vehicles and rifles for shooting. A portion of the force were carrying live bullets in case they are attacked. Another portion will carry magazines charged with blank ammunition,” he said.
“The soldiers will be using both live and blank bullets and in this particular case, we saw that this protest had been infiltrated by hoodlums.
“We had peaceful protesters no doubt, but there were hoodlums who sought to take advantage of the protest.
“One officer was wounded, he was stoned on the lips. If we are attacked with stones, the only option is gunshots.”