Amid overwhelming reviews and claims by numerous our bodies and media organizations, together with Amnesty Worldwide and the U.S.-based Cable Information Community, the US authorities says it doesn’t consider troopers shot at protesters on the Lekki Toll Gate.
The U.S. view is contained in its newly-released ‘2020 Nation Reviews on Human Rights Practices Nigeria.’
It stated, “On October 20, members of the safety forces enforced curfew by firing photographs into the air to disperse protesters, who had gathered on the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos to protest abusive practices by the Nigerian Police Power’s Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS).
“Correct info on fatalities ensuing from the capturing was not out there at 12 months’s finish. Amnesty Worldwide reported 10 individuals died in the course of 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 linked 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 stay ammunition have been current on the Lekki Toll Gate.
“At 12 months finish the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution continued to listen to testimony and examine the capturing at Lekki Toll Gate.”
Washington’s place, underneath President Joe Biden’s administration, didn’t mirror the view of then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The Voice of America reported on October 22 that the U.S. condemned police brutality at Lekki, two days after not less than 12 protesters have been shot useless by Nigerian safety forces.
Mr. Pompeo had stated, “We welcome a right away investigation into any use of extreme drive by members of the safety forces. These concerned must be held to account in accordance with Nigerian legislation.”
Following that, the U.S. despatched a delegation to Nigeria with Counselor Ulrich Brechbühl assembly with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
A press release by the State Division stated. “The counsellor expressed the U.S. condemnation of the usage of extreme drive by army forces who fired on unarmed demonstrators in Lagos. He expressed condolences to the victims of those shootings and urged the federal government of Nigeria to abide by its dedication to carry these accountable accountable underneath the legislation.”
The Nigerian authorities, by way of Mr. Osinbajo, had expressed condolences and promised justice for these shot useless on the Lekki toll plaza.