KANO, 16 November 2020 – The shooting dead of a young man and the stabbing to death of another over the weekend in the northern Nigerian city of Kano have fingers pointed at the police, again.
Human rights on Monday cited eyewitnesses as saying the police opened fire, killing one of the young men and stabbing the second to death.
The stabbing reportedly took place in a tea shop which the police had entered over the weekend reportedly to arrest a suspect.
Eyewitnesses say there was some kind of disagreement before the stabbing of the young man but provide no further details, according to incomplete news reports.
Amnesty International has called for an independent investigation into the killings and for action to be taken to prosecute those who perpetrated the crimes.
The police said Monday that the officers involved had been arrested and that investigations are underway to determine what exactly happened.
These latest senseless killings have triggered more outrage about police brutality which the EndSARS campaign has been decrying.
On Sunday, young men in the Kano neighborhood where the killings occurred took to the streets, erecting barricades of flaming used vehicle tires.