Global rights group , Amnesty International , says at least 12 protesters were killed at the Lekki tollgate plaza and at the Alausa areas of Lagos State , adding that like in previous killings , security agents hid some of the corpses of the protesters.
It said since the # EndSARS protests began , 56 people had been killed while 38 of them were killed on Tuesday alone.
Amnesty said this in a statement on Wednesday titled , ‘Nigeria : Killing of # EndSARS protesters by the military must be investigated ’.
The statement read in part , “ An on – the-ground investigation by Amnesty International has confirmed that the Nigerian Army and police killed at least 12 peaceful protesters yesterday ( Tuesday ) at two locations in Lagos .
“ The killings took place in Lekki and Alausa, where thousands were protesting police brutality as part of the # EndSars movement . ”
Amnesty stated that evidence gathered from eyewitnesses, video footage and hospital reports confirm that between 6 .45 pm and 9pm on Tuesday , October 20 , the Nigerian military opened fire on thousands of people who were peacefully calling for good governance and an end to police brutality .
Country Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, said the soldiers had only one intention , which was murder.
The statement further read, “ Witnesses at the Lekki protest grounds told Amnesty international that soldiers arrived at about 6 : 45 pm local time on Tuesday evening , and opened fire on # EndSARS protesters without warning.
“ Eyewitnesses at Alausa protest ground said they were attacked by a team of soldiers and policemen from the Rapid Response Squad Unit at about 8 pm , leaving at least two people dead and one critically injured .
“ Opening fire on peaceful protesters is a blatant violation of people ’s rights to life , dignity , freedom of expression and peaceful assembly . Soldiers clearly had one intention – to kill without consequences .”Amnesty said it received reports that shortly before the shootings , CCTV cameras at the Lekki toll gate, where # EndSARS protesters had been camped for two weeks, were removed by government officials and the electricity was cut – a clear attempt to hide evidence .
It said as in previous cases documented by Amnesty International , some of those killed and injured at both grounds were allegedly taken away by the military .
“ These shootings clearly amount to extrajudicial executions . There must be an immediate investigation and suspected perpetrators must be held accountable through fair trials . Authorities must ensure access to justice and effective remedies for the victims and their families , ” said Amnesty.
Amnesty, which has been monitoring developments across Nigeria since the # EndSARS protest began on 8 October 2020 , said at least 56 people have died across the country since the protest began , with about 38 killed on Tuesday alone.
It said victims include protesters and thugs who were allegedly hired by the authorities to confront the protesters .
“ In many cases , the security forces had used excessive force in an attempt to control or stop the protests , ” Amnesty said.
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