Nigerian soldiers shot dead peaceful protesters at a demonstration in Lagos last month and carried away the bodies on trucks, witnesses told a judicial panel on Saturday. Protests against police brutality turned bloody, witnesses said, when police fired upon demonstrators in the wealthy Lagos suburb of Lekki. But in testimony a general in the Nigerian army denied the claims and insisted his men only fired blanks. Dabiraoluwa Ayuku, one of the witnesses giving evidence to the court, said in her testimony that she had seen soldiers killing people. “The soldiers kept shooting at random, and I saw people falling to the ground, injured or lifeless,” Ms Ayuku said. Her account was one of three submitted to the Lagos panel investigating the allegations.