A member of the USA Home of Representatives, Alexander N. Inexperienced, has condemned the killing of unarmed protesters by operatives of the Nigerian Military in Lagos State.
SaharaReporters had final week Tuesday reported how armed males in military uniform stormed the toll gate the place #EndSARS protesters had gathered for 13 days and dispersed them with dwell bullets.
Inexperienced in a letter the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, mentioned he was shocked by the suppression of peaceable protesters by Nigerian safety forces.
He additionally referred to as for the discharge of these, who have been wrongfully arrested for participating within the #EndSARS protests throughout the nation.
The letter reads, “Expensive Secretary Pompeo, I write to specific how deeply troubled I’m by reviews that describe the stunning suppression of peaceable protestors by Nigerian safety forces. Reportedly, on October 20, 2020, these armed safety forces indiscriminately opened fireplace on a crowd of protestors on the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos, Nigeria, killing many harmless individuals.
“On October 3, a video surfaced on-line that appeared to point out the killing of a Nigerian civilian by officers of the Federal Particular Anti-Theft Squad, generally often known as SARS. For the reason that video’s emergence, many individuals throughout the nation have been publicly and peacefully protesting police brutality and calling for the whole disbandment of SARS.
“Whereas the choice to disband SARS could also be helpful, Nigerian residents in the primary should not calling for a easy substitute of this regulation enforcement part with one other unit that employs officers who could depend on related brutal and corrupt policing techniques.
“Peaceable protesters in Nigeria in addition to those that are protesting this injustice in different nations throughout the globe have adamantly advocated for complete reform. In solidarity with this peaceable protest motion, I strongly urge you to work with the Authorities of Nigeria to: Launch all peaceable protesters who have been wrongfully arrested for participating within the #EndSARS protests.
“Uphold the suitable to interact in peaceable, non-violent protests and make sure the security of protestors in accordance with the Worldwide Invoice of Rights, the African Constitution on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended). Publicly decide to permitting an impartial investigation into human rights abuses dedicated by the SARS unit in addition to the police generally and embrace publicly elected youth representatives on the Judicial Panels of Inquiry.
“Permit an impartial investigation of the actions that led to the killings on the Lekki Toll Gate; present justice for the households of victims wrongfully killed by SARS throughout current protests towards police brutality; and provoke complete general reform of the safety sector, together with the incorporation of particular measures of accountability.
“I sit up for listening to from you regarding our State Division’s plans to deal with this crucial matter. As of 2015, the USA is dwelling to almost 400,000 Nigerian immigrants and their youngsters. My congressional district consists of components of Houston, Texas, which has the second largest Nigerian inhabitants in the USA. This isn’t only a Nigerian downside. This can be a matter of worldwide concern as Black lives matter not solely in the USA but additionally wherever they might be.”