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.
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”.
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.