Amnesty, Hillary Clinton ask Buhari, Nigerian Army to stop killing #EndSARS protesters
London, Oct. 21, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Hillary Clinton, the former First Lady of the United States of America and Amnesty International have expressed deep concern over report that security forces open fire on harmless protesters in Lagos, Nigeria and called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian army to stop killing those protesting against police brutality in Nigeria
Amnesty International said late Tuesday there was “credible but disturbing evidence” that security forces in the megacity of Lagos had fatally shot protesters who were demonstrating against police brutality despite a new curfew going into effect.
The Lagos state commissioner for information, Gbenga Omotoso, said in a statement Tuesday night only that “there have been reports of shooting at the Lekki Toll Plaza following the 24-hour curfew imposed on Lagos.”
“The state government has ordered an investigation into the incident,” he said.
Video shown on Nigeria’s Channels Television appeared to capture audio of live rounds being fired at the scene.
Here's the clearest view I've seen thus far of some of the gunfire at Lekki Toll gate.— Bertram Hill (@bertram_hill1) October 20, 2020
In this footage, men in camo uniform fire their weapons at: 6.435886, 3.447423, 15m from the East side of the toll gate.
Some of the #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigera protestors had sat down. pic.twitter.com/Vq9iKyAVqt
“Most of the inmates held at the centers are convicted criminals serving terms for various criminal offenses, awaiting execution or standing trial for violent crimes,” he said in a statement.
The protests began two weeks ago after a video circulated showing a man being beaten, apparently by police officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known as SARS.
Young protesters marched in cities across Nigeria, under the banner #EndSARS. In response, the government announced it would ban the anti-robbery squad, which for several years human rights groups have blamed for widespread abuses, including torture and killings.
The demonstrators have not been satisfied with the disbandment of the SARS unit and are demanding an end to abuses and respect for human rights in all parts of the police force. The protests have stopped traffic in Lagos, the capital Abuja and many other large cities in Nigeria, a country of 196 million people.
Protests continued Tuesday in many cities including Abuja the capital, where troops have been deployed.