Nigerian army and police responsible for killing of #EndSARS protesters – Amnesty

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An investigation by Amnesty International has confirmed that the Nigerian army and police killed at least 12 peaceful protesters on Tuesday when they opened fire at demonstrators in Lagos.

The killings took place in Lekki and Alausa, where thousands were protesting police brutality as part of the #EndSars movement.

Evidence gathered from eyewitnesses, video footage and hospital reports confirm that between 6:45pm and 9:00pm on October 20, the Nigerian military opened fire on thousands of people who were peacefully calling for good governance and an end to police brutality.

Witnesses at the Lekki protest grounds told Amnesty international that solders arrived at about 6:45pm local time on Tuesday evening, and opened fire on protesters without warning.

Eyewitnesses at Alausa protest ground said they were attacked by a team of soldiers and policemen from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Unit at about 8:00 pm, leaving at least two people dead and one critically injured.

Amnesty International received reports that shortly before the shootings, CCTV cameras at the Lekki toll gate, where #EndSARS protesters had been camped for two weeks, were removed by government officials and the electricity was cut – a clear attempt to hide evidence.

As in previous cases documented by Amnesty International, some of those killed and injured at both grounds were allegedly taken away by the military.

Amnesty International has been monitoring developments across Nigeria since the #EndSars protest began on Oct. 08.

At least 56 people have died across the country since the protest began, with about 38 killed on Tuesday alone. Victims include protesters and thugs who were allegedly hired by the authorities to confront the protesters.

Amnesty International has stated that in many cases, the security forces had used excessive force in an attempt to control or stop the protests. (Source: Amnesty Intl.)

 

 

 

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