The UK-based forensic and ballistic firm, employed by the Lagos State authorities to research the capturing incident on the Lekki Tollgate, has mentioned that reside military-grade ammunition weren’t fired at protesters on the night time of October 20, 2020.
The UK-based firm, Oxygene Consulting UK Ltd, represented by its Executive Director, Dieye Willie-Harry, gave the report on Tuesday, September 28, by way of zoom through the proceedings of the Lagos State Judicial Restitution for Victims of #EndSARS Related Abuses and Other Matters Panel investigating police brutality.
He mentioned: “We have not viewed any footage, which definitively shows a muzzle aimed towards any individual and at the same time being fired with the effect thereof, but what we can freely assess was that no live bullet was fired.”
He added: “However, given the injuries sustained from 21:00 hours and further, we believe that live and military-grade ammunition were fired at some point by persons yet-to-be-identified.”
He mentioned by the point the workforce of specialists arrived in Lagos in December final yr, “the medical treatment of victims had reached an advanced stage, injuries had healed and victims had been discharged from healthcare centres”.
Willie-Harry informed the panel that investigations carried out by his workforce have been from the examination and analysis surrounding open-source imagery and information reporting (together with social media), together with the person accidents and medical studies.
He mentioned they have been of the opinion that ammunition could have been discharged and probably aimed on the highway floor in entrance of protesters, which in the end induced the projectiles to ricochet, ensuing within the core breaking out of the jacket and hitting nearly all of the victims within the decrease limbs at a lot diminished kinetic power however with sufficient power to fracture the lengthy bones with out exiting the victims’ our bodies.
He additional mentioned that the workforce recognized the firearms alleged to have been fired by the navy officers through the alleged incident as Kalashnikov AK-type variants, together with Chinese Type 56, some with (foldable bayonet) prolonged, including that such weapons might have induced extra devastation had it been used as alleged by the navy.
Justice Doris Okuwobi (rtd), who adjourned the proceedings at 6:15 p.m., mentioned the panel would retire to think about its ruling and talk to events later when the ruling is prepared for supply.