Global rights group, Amnesty International, says at least 56 people have died across Nigeria since the start of the #ENDSARS protests against police brutality on October 8.
Of this figure, 38 were killed on Tuesday alone largely due to the government’s crackdown on protesters.
According to the group, the casualties include protesters, security officials and thugs who were allegedly hired by the authorities to confront the protesters.
In a statement, the group’s director in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, added that at least 12 people were killed at both Alausa and Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos while hundreds were badly injured.
“In many cases, the security forces had used excessive force in an attempt to control or stop the protests,” Ojigho said, adding that the shootings in Lekki were aided by officials dismantling the CCTV in the area “to cover murder.”
Evidence gathered from eyewitnesses, video footage and hospital reports confirm that between 6:45 pm and 9:00 pm on Tuesday 20 October, the Nigerian military opened fire on thousands of people who were peacefully calling for good governance and an end to police brutality,” the statement said.
“Witnesses at the Lekki protest grounds told Amnesty International that (the) soldiers arrived at about 6:45 pm local time on Tuesday evening, and opened fire on #EndSARS protesters without warning.
“Eyewitnesses at Alausa protest ground said they were attacked by a team of soldiers and policemen from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) unit at about 8:00 pm, leaving at least two people dead and one critically injured,” Ojigho said.