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Nigerian soldiers had live ammo during deadly protest

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – The Nigerian Army has admitted for the primary time that soldiers got live bullets after they went to disperse a big crowd on the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos, the place a number of peaceable protesters have been kil-led in late October.

The deadly Oct. 20 shootings on the plaza precipitated each native and worldwide outrage. At least 10 folks protesting police brutality have been kil-led within the Lekki Plaza sho-oting, in accordance with Amnesty International, which charged that military troops opened fireplace on protesters with out provocation. The authorities stated two folks died and 20 have been hospitalized.

Brig. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo, Commander of the 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, informed a judicial committee Saturday that the soldiers certainly carried live bullets.

“The soldiers, they were given both live and blank bullets. In this particular case, we saw that these protests had been infiltrated by some hoodlums,” he stated, including that the live bullets have been for a backup.

Last weekend he testified that clean ammunition was fired upward to scare “hoodlums from the crowd,” however insisted that soldiers didn’t fireplace at protesters.

The crowd of primarily younger Nigerians have been singing the nation’s nationwide anthem and waving its flags as they peacefully protested towards police brutality beneath the hashtag #EndSARS.

The military had initially maintained that its troops weren’t on the web site of the sho-oting, however later admitted they have been deployed.

A judicial panel has begun investigating the sho-oting. The panel can be investigating allegations of abuse towards the police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, generally known as SARS.

There are requires the International Criminal Court to hold out an inquiry into the protest deaths, the most recent a petition signed by 154 organizations. Akinbode Oluwafemi, head of the group Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa, informed the Associated Press the petition was submitted Friday to the court docket in The Hague, Netherlands.

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