Former Nigerian Army spokesperson, Brigadier Sani Usman, has reacted to the recent Lekki Tollgate shooting where soldiers were accused of shooting innocent protesters at their protest ground.

Speaking to Channels TV, the former Director Public Relations of the Nigerian Army, insinuated that the soldiers at the Lekki tollgate shooting were only defending themselves by shooting at the youths because they were armed.

He likened the soldiers to media personality , Reuben Abati and said if someone was holding the Nigerian flag, like the protesters did, armed and was aiming to kill Reuben, won’t he defend himself….

He said;

“”If someone is holding a Nigerian flag and wants to kill Reuben Abati, andyou are also armed, what are you supposed to do? Former Spokesman Usman speaks on the military shooting at unarmed Lekki protesters despite holding the Nigerian flag.”

He further said that the army has a rule of engagement, and code of conduct and they followed the rules…

General Sani Usman (rtd), during the interview also said that blank ammunition was used during the shooting of protesters at the Lekki tollgates on October 20.

Usman revealed this when he appeared as a guest on ARISE News on Wenesday October 29. He said that blank ammo has little or no effect on its target.

“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.

<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">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.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.”Usman said

Human rights group, Amnesty International had on WednesdayOctober 28, released a timeline of the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the toll plaza on October 20. The AI said 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.

Usman, however, said Amnesty International has a long history of spuriously accusing the Nigerian military.

“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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