The United Nations has called on the Federal Government to investigate the killings of unarmed Nigerians protesting against police brutality at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State.
While condemning the attack on the protesters, the UN also asked that the perpetrators be held to account for their crimes.
This was contained in a statement by Antonio António Guterres, UN Secretary-General.
In the statement which was issued by Stephane Dujarric, his spokesperson, Guterres expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.
“The Secretary-General is following recent developments in Nigeria and calls for an end to reported police brutality and abuses. He condemns the violent escalation on 20 October in Lagos which resulted in multiple deaths and caused many injuries. He expresses his condolences to the bereaved families and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured,” the UN Chief said.
“He calls on the Nigerian authorities to investigate these incidents and hold the perpetrators accountable.
‘The Secretary-General urges the security forces to act at all times with maximum restraint while calling on protestors to demonstrate peacefully and to refrain from violence.
“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.”
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