Sani Usman
Former Director of Public Relations of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman (rtd), has stated the Nigerian army used blank ammunition during the shooting of protesters at the Lekki tollgates on October 20.
The Brigadier General stated this in an interview on ARISE News on Wednesday October 29.
“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.
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“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.”
When pressed on amnesty international statement on the killings, Usman stated:
“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.
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“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.”