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#EndSars protests: Raila rallies African countries to stand up against ‘brutalisation’ of its citizens

  • At least 56 people have been killed in Nigeria since the protests began, with security forces at fault for using excessive force in an attempt to quell the protests.
  • Amnesty International says security forces opened fire on peaceful protesters in “blatant violation of people’s rights to life, dignity, freedom of expression and peaceful assembly”.
  • Raila Odinga is now calling upon the AU, Nigerian authorities to investigate the violence and killings that have been going on in the West African country.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has weighed in on the #EndSars protests in Nigeria, describing the deaths and injuries of unarmed civilians “as extremely worrying and unacceptable”.

Raila is now calling upon the African Union (AU) and Nigerian authorities to investigate the violence and killings that have been going on in the West African country and hold the perpetrators to account.

Raila, who is the AU Special Envoy for Infrastructure, has also rallied African countries and institutions to stand up and condemn what he terms as “brutalisation” of its citizens at home with the same vigour it responds to violations of its citizens abroad.

“The brutality meted out on protesting civilians is a sad reminder of how precarious and threatened Africa’s march towards democratization, respect for rights and freedoms, and the rule of law remains. Yet it is clear that as a Continent, we won’t achieve much without strict adherence to these ideals,” said Raila.

The #EndSars protests

The #EndSars protests began on 8th October 2020 (although the social movement against police brutality by a squad with a long record of abuses started in 2017) when Nigerians called for their Government to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

At least 56 people have been killed in Nigeria since the protests began, with security forces at fault for using excessive force in an attempt to quell the protests.

According to the Country Director of Amnesty International Nigeria Osai Ojigho, security forces opened fire on peaceful protesters in what he terms as a “blatant violation of people’s rights to life, dignity, freedom of expression and peaceful assembly”.

“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,” says Osai Ojigho.


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