Army’s Ammunition, Samples At Lekki During ENDSARS Protest The Same – Forensic Expert
The Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry in the investigation of the Lekki tollgate shooting incident has been told that the samples of ammunition presented by the Nigerian Army were of the same calibre as those retrieved at the scene.
A forensic expert from Sentinel Forensics Ltd, Joseph Kayode, spoke on Friday while giving the ballistic report of the forensic investigation conducted on the ammunition presented by the Nigerian Army and those at the panel.
The Nigerian Army, represented by Ibrahim Taiwo, the Commander of 81 Division, had earlier told the panel that soldiers fired only blank bullets at Lekki tollgate to disperse protesters on the night of October 20, last year.
At another appearance before the panel, the army said they went to Lekki tollgate on October 20 with both blank and live ammunition.
Mr Taiwo presented samples of blank ammunition and live ammunition to the panel, insisting that the soldiers fired only blank ammunition.
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Meanwhile, members of the judicial panel on October 30, last year visited the scene of the lekki shooting incident, where about six bullet shells were recovered from the scene 10 days after.
Both the exhibits recovered by the panel and those presented by the Nigerian Army were presented to the forensic team for ballistic investigation.
Giving a summary of the report on Friday, Mr Kayode said the bullet shells recovered by the judicial panel and the live ammunition presented by the Nigerian Army are of the same calibre.
“The live ammunition presented by the Nigerian Army is of the core calibre as the cartridge casings submitted by the Judicial Panel.
“While the blank ammunition submitted by the Nigerian Army is not of the same calibre as the cartridge casing submitted by the Judicial Panel. The blank ammunition submitted by the Nigerian Army is not designed to be fired by rifles chambered to 7.62x39mm,” the report holds.
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The counsel to the Lagos State government, #EndSARS protesters, and the NBA are yet to cross-examine the expert.
The chairperson of the judicial panel, Doris Okuwobi, adjourned the matter till September 11.
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BREAKING: Abacha’s Ex-chief Of Staff Oladipo Diya Dies
Retired Lt.General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya, the former Chief of Staff in General Sani Abacha’s military government, is dead.
His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.
Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.
Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.
He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.
While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha
The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.
“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.
“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”
Breaking: Appeal Court Retains Adeleke As Osun Governor
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has vacated the tribunal judgement that nullified the election of Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State.
The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, on Friday held that the appeal Adeleke lodged to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was meritorious.
Aside from setting aside the judgement of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500, 000 cost against the All Progressive Congress, APC, and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola
BREAKING: PDP Suspends Anyim, Fayose
Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim; Prof Dennis Ityavyar and Aslam Aliyu were on Thursday suspended from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
The PDP made the suspension on Thursday after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).
The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.
“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.
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