Lekki killings: US condemn use of excessive force by Nigerian Military

Lekki killings: US condemns use of excessive force by Military
US secretary of State, Pompeo

Following the shooting of protesters at the Lekki toll gate, leading to the death of several Nigerians, the United States has condemned the use of excessive force by military forces.

This was contained in a statement signed by the United States Secretary Michael Pompeo on Thursday.

He also called on immediate investigation into any use force by the security forces.

According to the statement, “We welcome an immediate investigation into any use of excessive force by members of the security forces.

“Those involved should be held to account in accordance with Nigerian law.

“The right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are essential human rights and core democratic principles.

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“We call on the security services to show maximum restraint and respect fundamental rights and for demonstrators to remain peaceful. We extend our condolences to the victims of the violence and their families.

Meanwhile, the former United States President, Bill Clinton, has expressed concerns over the reports of shootings of protesters in the Lekki area of Lagos State.

He has called on the Federal Government to dialogue with the #EndSARS protesters.

Clinton made his position known in a message he posted on his Twitter handle, @BillClinton.

“I am deeply concerned over reports of violence in Lagos and urge the Nigerian government to engage in peaceful dialogue with the #EndSARS protestors for police reform and an end to corruption,” he wrote.

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