EndSARS Panel Report: Prosecution of Violators Should Be Immediate, HRW Says

Human Rights Watch called for an immediate prosecution of those convicted of shooting peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll booth on October 20, 2020.

The international rights group said the Lekki panel report corroborated its findings that soldiers shot protesters at the toll booth during EndSARS protests against police brutality last year.

In a statement released Friday, “Nigeria: Officials Accused of Abuse of Protesters,” the group said the Lekki panel’s findings that the military and police shot, wounded and killed unarmed protesters at the tollbooth of Lekki in Lagos confirmed Human Rights Watch findings which the panel said some people tried to cover up.

“The panel confirmed the crackdown on protesters who stood up against the cruelty of the Nigerian police,” said Anietie Ewang, Nigerian researcher at Human Rights Watch.

“The authorities should stop denying the truth and instead focus on correcting their wrongs by officially releasing the report and acting on its findings,” the official added.

“Although the findings and recommendations of the panel are a positive step towards justice, they will be ineffective without immediate action by the competent authorities.

“The security forces, with the support of federal and Lagos state authorities, should immediately initiate internal disciplinary measures to prosecute and hold the attackers to account,” Ewang added.

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