The United States has condemned the use of force against End SARS peaceful protesters.
The Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo gave the position of the US government today, thursday 22nd, 2020.
A number of people have reportedly been shot dead or wounded at a protest against police brutality in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos.
Witnesses and the rights group Amnesty International said several people were killed and wounded when soldiers opened fire.
The attack led to deaths and several injuries.
The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in a live broadcast said about 25 were wounded and that nobody was killed during the attack on peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate on Tuesday night.
Eye witnesses reported at least 7 dead.
Soldiers were seen barricading the protest site moments before the shooting, BBC Nigeria correspondent Mayeni Jones reports.
Social media footage streamed live from the scene shows protesters tending to the wounded.
The Nigerians are protesting, yet again, after years of horror stories of brazen extortion, illegal detentions, and illegal murders of Nigerians, mostly youths, by the notorious police unit, at the hands of local police. The protesters are demanding the government to scrap the police’s notorious unit.
In a tweet , Amnesty International Nigeria said it had “received credible but disturbing evidence of excessive use of force occasioning deaths of protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos”.
Pompeo demanded prosecution of security personnel involved in the shootings.
“The United States strongly condemns incidents of military forces firing on unarmed protestors in Lagos. Those involved should be held to account under the law. We extend our condolences to the victims of the violence and their families.#EndSARS”
” Mike Pompeo tweeted.
— Daily Post Nigeria (@DailyPostNGR) October 22, 2020