The UN and EU condemn brutality against #EndSARS protesters in Nigeria.The two Organizations have joined the mass disapproval against the harsh clampdown on anti-police brutality protesters in Nigeria. Witnesses said gunmen opened fire on a crowd of over 1,000 citizens in Lagos.
The United Nations demanded an end to police “brutality” in Nigeria on Wednesday after Amnesty International reported that Nigerian security forces shot and killed peaceful protesters in the latest escalation of the two-weeks-long unrest.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged “the security forces to act at all times with maximum restraint” and also called on protesters “to demonstrate peacefully and to refrain from violence,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.
Guterres said gunmen that opened fire on peaceful protesters Tuesday evening in Lagos caused “multiple deaths” and numerous injuries.
The UN chief urged the Nigerian authorities to investigate the violence and “hold the perpetrators accountable.”
The governor of Lagos initially said that no fatalities had been recorded, but later said authorities were investigating the death of one person.
The European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Wednesday also condemned the killing of protesters and called for justice. He said;
It is alarming to learn that several people have been killed and injured during the ongoing protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad [SARS] in Nigeria, It is crucial that those responsible of abuses be brought to justice and held accountable.”
The Lagos state governor said 30 people had been injured during a shooting at a toll gate in the Lekki district in the midst of the protests. One man had died in hospital from a blow to the head, according to the governor. It was unclear if he was a protester.
As President Muhammadu Buhari appealed for “understanding and calm”, Amnesty International said it was investigating “credible but disturbing evidence of excessive use of force occasioning deaths of protesters” at the toll gate.
The UN and EU condemn this brutality against the #EndSARS protesters in Nigeria.
Source: The African Media