A former Military Governor of old Western Region, Major General David Jemibewon (retd.), said the soldiers deployed in the Lekki tollgate area that night should be made to account for every bullet given to them, in line with military ethics.
Major General David Jemibewon (retd.), in an interview with PUNCH added, “It depends on the experience and knowledge of those who constitute the panel. It is very important. Of course, whosoever makes an allegation must have evidence to support the allegations he made. So, normally as those things, if soldiers were called to a situation like that, they should also collect the empty shells of whatever ammunition they expended.
“What I would advise is that proper investigation must be conducted. If you allege that someone was killed, it is either they show the dead body or show empty shells, being the expended part of the ammunition. This is because they would use as evidence that certainly these bullets were fired.
“We should know how many soldiers were sent out and how many rounds of ammunition they had with them. This is because each soldier would be given a certain number of rounds of ammunition and when they come back, they must account for every ammunition. If they gave you five rounds and you say you have fired one round, you must return four rounds.
“I wouldn’t know whether they still follow that, or whether the members of the panel really understand this. This is what we were taught when I was still there (in the military).”
Also, Major General Obi Umahi (retd.), said, “It is as straightforward as that it is; just to confirm or investigate whether any of the services has ever brought in bullets made in Serbia; whether any of the weapons includes armaments from Serbia. That could just be a quick lead. So, you can’t say it is this service or that service until after the report establishes that.
“It is for you people to make your own private investigations and establish that any of the Armed Forces or any of the security agencies have stock of Serbian-made ammunition. Once you establish that, you can confront anybody with the facts.”