By Amechi Idumuebor, For Agenda Watchdog, April 17, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Consequent to the alleged killing of 21 Nigerians by security forces in efforts to enforce COVID-19 lockdown in the country, Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana (Falana), has called for a probe of the alleged killings. The request was contained in a letterr dated April 16 and titled, Re: COVID-19 Killings By Security Forces, and addressed to the secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu.
Falana claimed that 21, not 18 as noted by the NHCR, had been killed by Nigerian security personnel in (Kaduna, Abia, Niger and Katsina States ) the country ( an additional 3 persons were extra judicially killed in Cross Rivers and Anambra states) since the imposition of the lockdown order by President Buhari, and asked the human rights watchdog to update its records. He also requested an immediate probe of these killings and prosecution of the security personnel responsible for the dastardly acts.