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At Least 12 People Killed In Lekki, Alausa On October 20 – Amnesty

Channels Television  
Updated October 20, 2021
Accountability For Human Rights Violations Remains Elusive, Says Amnesty
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Amnesty International on Wednesday insisted that the Nigerian army and police killed at least 12 people on October 20, 2020, at the Lekki toll gate and Alausa in Lagos.

Youths had gathered across the country agitating for good governance and an end to police brutality when soldiers stormed the Lekki tollgate and fired live ammunition killing some protesters while injuring others.

Although the situation garnered condemnation from many, the Federal Government had faulted the Cable News Network (CNN), Amnesty International among others, saying there is no proof that any protester was killed.

But in a press release on Wednesday, Amnesty International said an investigation by the organization found that Nigerian security officials were culpable.

According to the group, it was able to establish that pro-government supporters instigated violence at many of the demonstrations, providing cover for the police to use lethal force against peaceful protesters.

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“Under the pretext of restoring order, horrific injuries were inflicted on hundreds of people and at least 56 people were killed, among them dozens of young people lost their lives as Nigerian security forces used unnecessary and excessive force to disperse peaceful protesters across the country,” the statement read.

“It is unacceptable that despite overwhelming evidence, the government continues to deny the use of live ammunition on protesters at Lekki toll gate exactly a year ago.”

The organization also found that detained protesters were tortured and refused or denied immediate access to lawyers.

After a year on, Amnesty explained that despite what it calls the huge gravity of offence, no security operative has been prosecuted by the authorities.

The body called on President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfill his promise of reforming the police to end the reign of impunity Nigerians have been protesting against for many years.

It added, “Failure to bring to justice those suspected to be responsible for the torture and killings of #EndSARS protesters on 20 October 2020 is yet another indication that Nigerian authorities lack the political will to ensure accountability for these atrocities, and end police brutality.”