By franca Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Amnesty International has put the figure of #EndSARS protesters felled by bullets shot by Nigerian military and police personnel at approximately 12, while scores more suffered different degrees of injury at Lekki and Alausa.
According to a statement by AI, witnesses confirmed that the killings were due to gunshots fired by soldiers who arrived at about 6:45 pm local time on Tuesday evening, and opened fire on unarmed, peaceful #EndSars protesters protesting against police brutality.
Describing the incident as premeditated, the statement read: “Opening fire on peaceful protesters is a blatant violation of people’s rights to life, dignity, freedom of expression, and peaceful assembly. Soldiers clearly had one intention – to kill without consequences”.
The rights group called on the Nigerian authorities to carry out a thorough investigation into the remote and immediate causes of the incident and to ensure that the perpetrators of the dastardly act were brought to justice.
“These shootings clearly amount to extrajudicial executions. There must be an immediate investigation and suspected perpetrators must be held accountable through fair trials. Authorities must ensure access to justice and effective remedies for the victims and their families”.
Recall that between 6:45 pm and 9:00 pm on Tuesday 20 October, the Nigerian military had opened fire on thousands of peaceful #EndSARS protesters in Lagos who were calling for good governance and an end to police brutality.