The United Nations has requested the Nigerian Authorities to arrange a reputable, unbiased inquiry into the taking pictures and killing of peaceable #ENDSARS protesters at Lekki, Lagos, on October 20, 2020.
The UN rights specialists additionally stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities should be sure that victims of the taking pictures get deserved justice.
“Governments come and go, however #PoliceBrutality is as intractable as ever. Nigerians want justice,” the UN specialists stated.
The UN famous that whereas extreme use of pressure throughout peaceable protests is all the time unacceptable, the Lekki taking pictures was “particularly disturbing as a result of demonstrators have been exactly calling for accountability for earlier police brutality”.
It added that the truth that CCTV cameras and lights have been apparently switched off shortly earlier than troopers opened fireplace signifies a disturbing degree of premeditation.
The UN lamented that regardless of elevating problems with police brutality with the Nigerian Authorities, nothing has modified within the nation.
The UN stated, “Since 2005, UN Particular Rapporteurs have repeatedly raised the problem of police killings and impunity with the Nigerian Authorities.
“Now we have had 15 years of presidency guarantees, however nothing has modified.
“What is especially disturbing is that the authorities stated they’d disbanded the SARS and agreed to the protesters different calls for, together with investigations
“However they instantly introduced the formation of one other related unit and haven’t ended the extreme use of pressure.”
The UN additionally requested the Nigerian Authorities to determine, who gave the orders to the troopers to shoot on the protesters, insisting that systematic police brutality and extreme use of pressure in opposition to peaceable protesters should be independently and impartially investigated.
“Along with establishing an unbiased inquiry, the Nigerian authorities should make clear why the navy was deployed and who gave the order.
“Any investigation should intention to determine strains of duty, ship accountability and justice, present treatments and reparations, and advocate structural and systemic modifications,” the UN rights specialists stated.