ABUJA, 28 January 2021 – Amnesty International has accused Nigerian authorities of continued harassment and intimidation of #EndSARS activists, who demand an end to police brutality in the country.

“Allow those who gather peacefully to express their views without fear of arrest or intimidation,” the London-bsed rights campaigner said in a statement.

EndSARS Banner - Photo The Guardian Niberia News

#EndSARS Inked into the White Stripe on Nigerian Flag – Photo The Guardian Nigeria News

Protesters form EndSARS Blocking Road - Photo FistedGK on Twitter

Protesters form EndSARS to Block off Road – Photo FistedGK on Twitter

It expressed concern over the decision by “the Nigerian government to ban protests, pointing out that such a ban violates the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended) and international human rights treaties to which the country is a state party”.

Lekki Tollgate on One Night of the #EndSARS Protests - Souce BBC.com

Lekki Tollgate on One Night of the #EndSARS Protests – Souce BBC.com

Amnesty also called out the failure of Abuja to bring to justice all those responsible for the Lekki tollgate shootings which sparked the protests along with those who organized a cover-up once the crime had occurred.

“Those suspected to be responsible for the killings should be brought to justice in accordance with international fair trial standards,” Amnesty International Nigeria Director Osai Ojigbo said in a statement.

Amnesty also criticized Nigeria for failing to implement police reforms which it had promised in the heat of the street protests.

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