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EndSARS: Nigerian Government Failed To Disclose Findings Of Extrajudicial Killings’ Probes, Says US

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The USA has mentioned that state and federal panels of inquiry investigating suspicious deaths in civil protests such because the October 20, 2020, shootings on the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos State throughout the EndSARS marketing campaign, didn’t at all times make their findings public.

The US added that due to this fact, “correct data on fatalities ensuing from the Lekki capturing” was not accessible on the finish of 2020.


The USA said these in its human rights report on Nigeria, obtained by SaharaReporters on Wednesday.

The 47-page report is titled, Nation Reviews on Human Rights Practices for 2020 United States Division of State from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

The Nigeria 2020 Human Rights Report said that though the Amnesty Worldwide reported that 10 individuals died throughout the Lekki tollgate capturing incident, the federal government disputed Amnesty’s report, and no different organisation was in a position to confirm the declare.

The report mentioned, “There have been reviews that the federal government or its brokers dedicated arbitrary, illegal, or extrajudicial killings. At occasions authorities sought to analyze, and when discovered culpable, held police, army, or different safety drive personnel accountable for using extreme or lethal drive or for the deaths of individuals in custody, however impunity in such circumstances remained a major downside.

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“State and federal panels of inquiry investigating suspicious deaths didn’t at all times make their findings public. The nationwide police, military, and different safety companies typically used drive to disperse protesters and apprehend criminals and suspects. Police forces partaking in crowd-control operations typically tried to disperse crowds utilizing nonlethal techniques, akin to firing tear gasoline, earlier than escalating their use of drive.

“On October 20, members of the safety forces enforced curfew by firing pictures into the air to disperse protesters, who had gathered on the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos to protest abusive practices by the Nigeria Police Drive’s Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS). Correct data on fatalities ensuing from the capturing was not accessible at yr’s finish.

“Amnesty Worldwide reported 10 individuals died throughout the occasion, however the authorities disputed Amnesty’s report, and no different group was in a position to confirm the declare. The federal government reported two deaths related to the occasion. One physique from the toll gate confirmed indicators of blunt drive trauma. A second physique from one other location in Lagos State had bullet wounds. The federal government acknowledged that troopers armed with reside ammunition have been current on the Lekki Toll Gate. At yr’s finish the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution continued to listen to testimony and examine the capturing at Lekki Toll Gate.”

The US report added that there have been no “reviews of the federal authorities additional investigating or publicly holding people accountable for the Nigerian Military’s 2015 killing and subsequent mass burial of 347 members of the Islamic Motion of Nigeria and different civilians.”

It famous that there have been additionally reviews of “arbitrary and illegal killings associated to inner conflicts within the North-East and different areas.”

“In August, #RevolutionNow protesters organised a set of demonstrations in a number of cities throughout the nation to mark the one-year anniversary of their inaugural protests calling for extra responsive and accountable governance. 

“Though the protests have been allowed to proceed unimpeded in most locations, civil society observers reported the arrest of some peaceable protesters in Lagos, Osun, and Kano States on prices of ‘conduct more likely to trigger breach of public peace.’ All these arrested have been launched inside days of their arrest,” the report added.

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