In Nigeria, since the evening of 20 October, man dressed in military uniform dressed opened fire against protesters calling for and to policy brutality. Amnesty International says that at least 38 people were killed, and many more were injured.
People's Sovereignty Network support the statement issued by several civil society groups calling for an end of violence against people in Nigeria.
The gravity of the situation, and the need to take action against the violence in Nigeria, was discussed yesterday during session "Reclaiming Democracy from Below: from the Contemporary State Capitalist System to People's Sovereignty", hold by PSN at Exalts Symposium 2020.
Below the statement (you can find it also here):
Since the evening of Tuesday, 20 October 2020, we have watched with shock and dismay of footage of men dressed in military uniforms opening fire on protesters calling for an end to police brutality at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria. We condemn all use of excessive force against the protesters and the unlawful violence by unidentified non-state actors that followed, leading to destruction of property in Lagos and across the country.
To this end, we urge the federal government of Nigeria and the relevant state authorities responsible for ensuring safety and security in Nigeria to end the unlawful violence and prevent further escalation of the situation.
We affirm the rights of young people and the peaceful protesters who gathered in Nigeria and abroad to speak and demonstrate freely to share their experiences of abuse in the hands of SARS officers. We support their demand for accountability, justice, and police reform. We commiserate with everyone who has suffered pain, injury, and lost loved ones. We call for respect for the rule of law in addressing all issues.
We demand that the government of Nigeria ensure:1. Immediate withdrawal of the army from the streets and ensuring that responsibility for policing remains with the Nigerian Police Force.2. Respect and protection for the rights to peaceful protest and assembly.3. Immediate release of all protesters held merely on grounds of their support of or participation in protests.4. Immediate and thorough investigation of allegations of unlawful killing and use of excessive force and lethal ammunition against protestors in Lagos on the evening of Tuesday, 20 October 2020.5. The independence and transparency of all panels of inquiry and ongoing processes aimed at addressing widespread allegations of impunity and violations by SARS and other security agents.6. Identification and immediate prosecution of the SARS and other security officers suspected of committing violations.7. Compensation to all victims of unlawful police violence.8. Urgent review and implementation of the various reports on police and security reform9. Review of the handling of the #EndSARS protests by security agents, including their failure to prevent the attacks on peaceful protesters by violent non-state actors, thugs, and hoodlums despite warnings.
SIGNED1. Amnesty International Nigeria2. Project Alert on Violence Against Women3. Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC)4. Prisoners' Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA)5. Human Rights Watch6. CLEEN foundation7. Partners West Africa Nigeria (PWAN)8. Rights Enforcement and Public Law Centre (REPLACE)
9. LEDAP10. Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre11. Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF)12. Human Rights Social Development and Environmental Foundation (HURSDEF)13. Global Rights14. Spaces for Change15. Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC)16. Education as a Vaccine17. Access to Justice (A2J)18. Dorothy Njemanze Foundation (DNF)19. Center For Liberty20. Let's Help Humanitarian Foundation21. Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution22. Lex Initiative for Rights Advocacy and Development (LIRAD)23. Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)24. Sterling Centre for Law & Development25. Raising New Voices Initiative26. Concerned Nigerians27. Free Nigeria Movement28. TapNitiative29. Interactive Initiative for Social Impact (The Interactive)30. Women's Health and Equal Rights Initiative (WHER)31. Youth Concerns Development Foundation-Africa32. Dinidari Foundation33. Butterfly Effect Empowerment Initiative34. Centre for Impact Advocacy35. YIAGA Africa36. Sesor Empowerment Foundation37. ActionAid Nigeria38. Justice & Empowerment Initiatives -Nigeria (JEI)39. Alliances for Africa (AfA)40. Nigerian Feminist Forum41. NOPRIN Foundation