Killing of #EndSARS protesters must be investigated - Amnesty International

By Emeh Joy
EndSARS protesters in Abia state has pursued soldiers

Amnesty international has reportedly carried out an on-the-ground investigation which confirms that the Nigerian Army and police killed not less than 12 peaceful protesters in two locations in Lagos state.

According to Osai Ojigho, the Country Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, the killings took place in Lekki and Alausa where thousands of Nigerians were protesting police brutality as part of the #EndSARS movement.

Ojigho who spoke via a statement on Wednesday said that evidence gathered from eyewitnesses, hospital reports, as well as video footage, confirmed that between 6:45 pm and 9:00 pm on Tuesday, October 20, the Nigerian military opened fire on thousands of peaceful protesters.

The protesters were only calling for an end to police brutality and good governance.

Ojigho said, "Opening fire on peaceful protesters is a blatant violation of people's right to life, dignity, freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Soldiers clearly had one intention - to kill without consequences.

"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.

"These shootings clearly amount to extrajudicial executions. There just be an immediate investigation, and suspected perpetrators must be held accountable through fair trials".

He further added, "Authorities must ensure access to justice and effective remedies for the victims and their families".