An on-the-ground investigation carried by an international human right group has confirmed that the Nigerian Arm Forces and the Nigerian Police Forces, intentionally shot and killed #EndSARS protesters in Lagos, Nigeria on the 20th of October, 2020.
According to a statement released on Wednesday by the Amnesty International, Nigerian Army and Police killed atleast twelve (12) peaceful #EndSARS protesters on Tuesday the 20th of October, in two different locations in Lagos. The killings which took place at the Lekki toll gate and Alausa, where thousands of young Nigerians gathered to protest against police brutality.
According to the report, since the inception of the #EndSARS protest, at least 56 people have been killed all over the country, 38 out of the above mentioned number, died on Tuesdays evening. The victims includes peaceful protesters and thugs hired to disrupt the peaceful protest by attacking the protesters.
This statement came in few hours after the executive governor of Lagos state stated on National TV, during a state wide broadcast, that no lives were lost during the shooting by the Nigerian Army at the Lekki toll gate. According to Amnesty International, we have gathered media evidence and an eye witness, who gave us firsthand information on how the soldiers shot and killed harmless protesters.
According to the Director of the Amnesty International, Osai Ojhigho, the Military opened fire on peaceful protesters, which is a clear violation of the people’s right to life, dignity and freedom of expression. She further added that the killing of peaceful protesters amounts to “Extrajudicial executions, and calls on the government to investigate the issue and ensure those found guilty will face thee music.