A judicial panel investigating police brutality in Nigeria and the recent shooting of unarmed protestors in Lagos has convened for the first time this week. Exactly a week ago witnesses and rights groups said soldiers opened fire on demonstrators gathered at a toll gate in Lekki in Lagos.
Amnesty International said 12 people were killed by soldiers and police, but the military has denied involvement. The demonstrations began on the 7th October with protestors calling for the end to a police unit the Special Anti-Robbery Squad or SARS – accused of gross human rights violations.
President Muhammadu Buhari said the unit had been dissolved but skeptical protestors remained on the streets. This week Nigeria’s Chief of Police ordered the mobilisation of all police resources to end days of street violence. To discuss we’re by joined the Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, the SA Chapter, Bola Babarinde.
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