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ARMY USED BLANK AMMUNITION AT LEKKI SHOOTING- FORMER ARMY BG

Former Director Public Relations of the Nigerian Army, Retired Brigadier General Sani Usman has said that blank ammunition was used during the shooting of peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgates on October 20.
 
Sani Usman stated this when he came as a guest on ARISE News on Wenesday 29th of October 2020.

Sani said that blank ammunition has little or no effect on its target.

Hear him:

“If you look at the canisters, they were blank ammo and blank ammo don’t even kill. At a close range, l – maybe 100-metres – maybe it will have some pigmentation on your skin.

Remember the military are armed and by the nature of their training, they are trained to kill. And I think the military in its wisdom instead of using live ammunition decided to use blank armour which is meant for training.

I think they should be commended for that otherwise there would have been serious collateral damage. But they were professional enough to have done that.” Sani Usman concluded.

 
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Meanwhile, Human rights group, Amnesty International had on Wednesday October 28th 2020 released a timeline of the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate plaza on October 20. 

According to Amnesty International, its crisis response experts investigated and verified social media videos and photographs that confirmed that security forces were present at the scene when the shootings occurred.
 
Sani Usman, however, said Amnesty International has a long history of spuriously accusing the Nigerian military.

He stated further:

“There was a time when I was the director army public relations, Amnesty International accused the Nigerian military of killing over 5000 people in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

Common sense would have told you that there was no hospital with the capacity to contain even 50 dead bodies or 100.

This and many other spurious allegations have been going on against the Nigerian military by the Amnesty International,” he said.

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