Lekki Shooting: Carrying live ammunition part of rules of engagement

The 81st Division of the Nigerian Army said on Sunday that carrying live and blank ammunition is part of the rules of engagement of the Nigerian Army.

This is following the testimony of Ibrahim Taiwo, the Commander of 81 Division, at the Lagos Judicial Panel that the Nigerian Army went to Lekki toll gate on October 20 with both blank and live ammunition.

Osoba Olaniyi, the acting deputy director, 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, said in a statement that the army acted within internal security operations and are allowed to carry live ammunition.

Mr Olaniyi, said news that the Nigerian Army contradicted itself is untrue and propagated by “local and foreign agents of destabilisation who do not wish this country any good.”

PREMIUM TIMES reported the different testimonies of the Nigerian Army on the Lekki shooting incident.

The Nigerian Army at first said soldiers were not present at the Lekki Toll gate on the night of October 20, but thereafter admitted that soldiers were at the scene because they were “invited by the state governor to intervene in the crisis” in the state.

Mr Taiwo, the Commander of 81 Division and Head of Intelligence Corps of the…

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