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Police Brutality Continues, Amnesty Int’l says

By Ugbede Usman

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Months after the nationwide #EndSARS protest that led to the disbanding of that arm of police force, the Amnesty International has said that the Federal Government of Nigeria is yet to carry out the needed reform in the police service as brutality by the officers continues.

The group, on Wednesday, alleged that the authorities have failed to bring to book, those said to be responsible for the attack on unarmed protesters of #EndSARS at Lekki Tollgate and Alausa in Lagos in October 2020.

In relaying the message of Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, the spokesman of the organization, Isa Sanusi, said 100 days after, authorities are trying to cover up the violence that transpired.

He said, “Reports from across Nigeria indicate that police violence is still widespread despite government promises of change.

“Amnesty International is concerned that the Nigerian authorities will continue their current ban on protests and reminds the government of its obligations under the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended) and international human rights treaties to – which the country is a state party – to allow those who gather peacefully to express their views without fear of arrest or intimidation.”


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