At least 10 people have died in protests over police brutality in Nigeria, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.
10 PEOPLE KILLED IN THE ONGOING NIGERIA PEACEFUL PROTEST- Amnesty International
The human rights group told journalist police have used excessive force against unarmed protesters since the protests started last Thursday.
“So far, Nigerian Police have killed at least 10 people since the start of protests against callous operations of SARS,”
SARS refers to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a controversial Nigeria police unit that has been the target of nationwide protests demanding an end to police brutality. Police announced on Sunday that the unit will be dissolved.
“The excessive use of force by the police in response to the protests reveals the longstanding disregard for the right to life by Nigerian security forces,”.
The agency said excessive use of force “without justifiable grounds is a crime under international law Nigerians calling on Amnesty internal and criminal court of justice to be observant in the happenings .”
“Amnesty International, therefore, calls for an urgent review of the use of force and firearms by police officers against peaceful protesters and thorough, independent and impartial investigation into all cases of violence including deaths that occurred during the #EndSARS protests,” Seun Bakare, head of programs at Amnesty International Nigeria journalist.
Amnesty international correspondent has contacted Nigeria police spokesman Frank Mba repeatedly for a comment but did not receive a response.
As the protest progresses Nigerians are making more demands such as