The United Nations has condemned the killing of #EndSARS protesters by the Nigerian Army in Lekki, Lagos State on Tuesday night.
The UN charged the Nigerian troop to act at all times with maximum restraint, also calling on protesters to demonstrate peacefully and to refrain from violence.
In a statementt on Wednesday, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said he was closely following recent developments across Nigeria, in the wake of reports that protesters “had been shot dead and wounded”, while also calling for an end to reported police brutality and abuses.
Calling for an end to police brutality in Nigeria, he also condemned violent clashes that claimed multiple lives and caused many injuries.
The statement read in part: “The violent escalation on 20 October in Lagos which resulted in multiple deaths and caused many injuries.
“The Secretary-General encourages the authorities to swiftly explore avenues to de-escalate the situation. He reiterates the readiness of the United Nations to support national efforts towards finding a solution.”
Guterres called on Nigerian authorities “to investigate these incidents and hold the perpetrators accountable.”
He urged security forces “to act at all times with maximum restraint while calling on protestors to demonstrate peacefully and to refrain from violence.”
The UN chief therefore expressed his condolences to the families of the bereaved, and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.