UK, ECOWAS Condemns Attack On Protesters In Nigeria

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The United Kingdom has expressed deep concerns at the recent violence on protesters and reports of civilian deaths in Nigeria while calling on the Federal Government to take decisive action for an end to the violence

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Wednesday saying the Nigerian government must urgently investigate reports of brutality at the hands of the security forces and hold those responsible to account.

Similarly, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) called on the Nigerian Government to conduct a speedy investigation in the shooting that occurred at the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos State.

ECOWAS noted that while it recognises the right of citizens to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly as well as protests, it wishes that those rights be exercised in a non-violent manner.

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“In this regard, ECOWAS Commission calls on all protesters to remain peaceful in the conduct of their demonstrations. It also urges the Nigerian security operatives to exercise restraint in the handling of the protests and act professionally,” the statement read in part.

“ECOWAS Commission further notes that, in an effort to address the demands of the protesting youth, the Federal Government of Nigeria took important decisions regarding disbandment of SARS, comprehensive police reforms and investigation of cases of police brutality. It encourages the Nigerian Authorities to conduct the investigation rapidly,” it added.

The regional body expressed its condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives during the protests while wishing the injured speedy recovery.


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