The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, António Guterres, has called on Nigerian government to immediately cease all acts of brutality and attacks on peaceful #EndSARS protesters, which have caused several deaths and injuries.
A statement issued today by Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary-General, said that he urged all security agencies to act with utmost restraint while the government ensures appropriate sanctions for those found to been responsible for the October 20 bloody attacks on protestors at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.
The statement reads: “The Secretary-General, António Guterres, is following recent developments in Nigeria and calls for an end to reported police brutality and abuses. He condemns the violent escalation on 20 October in Lagos which resulted in multiple deaths and caused many injuries.
“He expresses his condolences to the bereaved families and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. He calls on the Nigerian authorities to investigate these incidents and hold the perpetrators accountable. “The Secretary-General urges the security forces to act at all times with maximum restraint while calling on protestors to demonstrate peacefully and to refrain from violence.
“The Secretary-General encourages the authorities to swiftly explore avenues to de-escalate the situation. He reiterates the readiness of the United Nations to support national efforts towards finding a solution.”