At least 56 people have died across Nigeria since the start of the #EndSARS protests against police brutality on October 8, with 38 of them killed on Tuesday alone largely due to the government’s crackdown, the human rights group, Amnesty International, said.
Casualties include protesters, security officials and thugs who were allegedly hired by the authorities to confront the protesters, the organisation said on Wednesday.
In a statement, the group’s director in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, added that at least 12 people were killed on Tuesday at both Alausa and Lekki Toll Gate. Hundreds more were badly injured, the group said.
The rights group accused the army of having an intention “to kill without consequences,” because “some of those killed and injured at both grounds were allegedly taken away by the military.”
For the past two weeks, young Nigerians have been on the streets, protesting against police brutality at the hands of the now-banned Special Anti-Robbery Squad, (SARS).
But disruptions by hoodlums in many instances have led to mayhem and the destruction of properties. Many states have imposed curfews.