A forensic investigator based in United kingdom – Joseph Funsho has claims proving that the Nigerian Army shot blank at the October 20, 2020 EndSARs protesters at the Lagos Lekki Tollgate.
Funsho, the Managing Director of Sentinel Forensics Limited, said;
The bullets given to him by the panel to examine were two expended 7.62×39mm live ammunition recovered the scene of the shooting at the Lekki tollgate, Lagos, Nigeria. This was accordingly on Friday in his presentation before Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution of Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters.
He further said; it was impossible for the guns that fired the live ammunition to have fired the live ammunition tendered by the Army to the panel as they are of two different calibers.
According to the investigator – Funsho, the blank rounds were 7.62 by 51mm.
The Evidence Analysis; “The blank ammunition submitted by the Army is not designed to be fired by rifles chambered to 7.62×39mm”
In his testimony before the panel, he said; “On 29th December, 2020 we were formally engaged by the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry to carry out forensic analysis with a specific mandate”
” To conduct a crime scene investigation at Lekki Tollgate, to submit a detailed report on the investigation, to examine LCC’s CCTV footage and give digital forensic expert opinion on the same recording of incidents on October 20, 2020, to give expert opinion on evidence recovered during scene visit by panel members, submit detailed comprehensive forensic report on subject.
“We received from the tribunal, items for evidence which include one Seagate external hard drive designated to contain CCTV footage of the October, 20, 2020 at the Lekki tollgate plaza, one SLI USB drive designated to contain CCTV footage of incident presented by the Nigerian Army, two spent shell casings of bullets recovered at the scene, four rounds of ammunition tendered as exhibits by the Nigerian Army, one blank expended ammunition, one unexpended ammunition, one live expended ammunition and one live unexpended ammunition.”
Joseph Funsho said; After they were given to Sentinel, they proceeded to conduct the crime scene investigation at the Lekki tollgate. He added that, they also visited the other tollgates at TP1, TP2 and TP3 to ascertain whether or not live ammunition was discharged around the vicinity.
“He said; “We also reviewed the items of evidence that were presented to us, and in line with our second and fifth mandates under our terms of engagement, produced a comprehensive forensic report on our scene investigation and evidence review in hard copy and electronic presentation”
Investigator Funsho, rendered a letter written to the managing director of LCC dated January 17, 202, seeking access to their services which might have stored a video footage of the Lekki Tollgate event, as exhibit before the panel. But LCC has not responded to the letter till date.
Thus, he lamented the inability to examine the Lekki Concession Company’s servers that stored the original CCTV footage presented to his firm to examine if the submitted footage was doctored or tempered with.