Yemi Osibanjo

 

Highlights

• Vice President Promises Justice for Demonstrators Killed by Security Forces

• The security forces denied killing protesters

• Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo did not confirm that the security forces shot dead protesters

Nigeria’s vice-president Yemi Osibanjo has promised justice for victims shot during protests against police brutality.

Osinbajo Promises Justice for Lekki Tollgate Victims

Amnesty International said the security forces killed at least 12 people in the main city Lagos on Tuesday.

The security forces denied killing protesters, causing more anger.

Nigeria’s Lagos shut down after at least 12 protesters killed by army and police

Gunshots continued to be heard in an area of Lagos on Thursday, following Wednesday’s unrest that saw buildings torched and looted and police shooting into the air to enforce a curfew.

The state government imposed an indefinite round-the-clock curfew in Lagos, a coastal city which sprawls over several islands and mainland suburbs and has a population of about 20 million, on Tuesday evening. The protests began about two weeks ago with mostly young people demanding the disbandment of a notorious police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars), using the hashtag #EndSars to rally crowds to the streets.

The protests morphed into demands for wider reforms to the police, and an end to alleged bad governance.

Earlier this year Amnesty said it had documented at least 82 cases of torture, ill treatment and extra-judicial execution between January 2017 and May this year against members of Sars.

Evidence from hospital records and witnesses showed “the Nigerian military opened fire on protesters

In a series of tweets, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo did not confirm that the security forces shot dead protesters on Tuesday, but said that his “heart goes out to all the victims of the Lekki shootings, and also the policemen and all other men and women who lost their lives in the past few days in different parts of Lagos & other states”.

“I spoke to some of those in hospital. The pain of these terrible events is palpable in our towns and cities, and some losses are irreplaceable, but we can and will get justice for all of them,” he said. The High Court on Lagos island, the city’s oldest neighbourhood, was also set ablaze on Wednesday.

Evidence from hospital records and witnesses showed “the Nigerian military opened fire on thousands of people who were peacefully calling for good governance and an end to police brutality” at the toll gate, Amnesty added.

 

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