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Amnesty International Condemns Police Attack On #ENDSARS Protesters




Zainab Sanni

Amnesty International Nigeria on Friday condemned the alleged arrests and attacks on #EndSARS protesters in Abuja and other cities across the country.

The human rights organisation in a statement on micro-blogging site, Twitter spoke against the attacks on the protesters, noting that they were exercising their constitutional rights.

Earlier, reports filtered in that protests against police brutality and extortion in Lagos, Abuja and Osun had turned violent as security operatives shot at protesters.

The protesters in Osun state reportedly pelted stones at the security operatives in a bid to resist any attempt to stop the protest who initially took cover beside their Armoured Personnel Carriers stationed at the junction but later shot indiscriminately to disperse the angry youths.

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In Abuja, it was gathered that security operatives teargassed and shot indiscriminately to disperse the protesters and they were seen running helter-skelter in a video that surfaced online.

Some of them were heard shouting “they are shooting at us”, “don’t kill us with teargas”, “you must #EndSARS”.

Amnesty International in its statement said; “Amnesty International condemns the arrests and attacks on #EndSARS protesters in Abuja and other cities across the country. Protest is a constitutionally guaranteed right and no one should be arrested or attacked for exercising that right.”

It added “We have disturbing reports of Lagos police violating #EndSarsProtests. Protest is a human right. Police must stop abusing their power to deny Nigerians the freedom of assembly.”

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