CNN report: Ex-generals seek probe of live ammunition

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The last seems not to have been heard of the allegations of use of I’ve ammunition b soldiers during the shooting of #Endsars protesters in Lekki last month.
In tune with this,some retired generals have called for a deep scrutiny by the Lagos judicial panel investigating allegations of police brutality levelled against SARS personnel and the Lekki tollgate incident, given evidence on account of a report by the Cable News Network.

The generals noted that if necessary, the panel should invite the military and other parties to speak on the new evidence.

The CNN report revealed that expended Serbian ammunition, allegedly fired by the soldiers, were picked from the scene of the incident.

The report said, “CNN has examined bullet casings found at the scene and confirmed with current and former Nigerian military sources that the bullet casings match those used by the army. Two ballistics experts have also confirmed with CNN that the shape of the bullet casings indicate they used live rounds, which contradicts the army’s claim they fired blanks.

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

One of the generals, a former Provost Marshal of the Army, Brig Gen Idada Ikponwmen (retd.), told one of our correspondents that the panel should be thorough in its investigation based on the facts and the law.

Ikponwmen said, “I think the original scope of the panel still covers whatever evidence we are getting. I don’t think there is a need for a new panel. There should be evidence before the panel. Those who are saying that they found this and that should be able to establish them before the panel.

“The panel is empowered to invite anybody, based on whatever new evidence, to clear the air. The panel is not just to look at facts a lone; they should also look at the evidence in view of the law; how do you engage the military in a law enforcement role; what does the constitution say?

“We are already aware of the inconsistent statements or positions from the various parties; the governor, the army and all that. The panel should be able to look into all those things. It is not just about the bullets on the ground; how did they get there? The panel should be able to ascertain the facts and the relevant laws and see whether everyone acted properly or there were shortcomings.”
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