The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has called on the Nigerian Government to conduct a quick investigation into the shooting that took place at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State.
In a statement on Wednesday, 21 October, the body expressed its sympathy to the relations of the victims of the Lekki shootings and also wished the injured speedy recovery.
ECOWAS also stated that it wishes the right of citizens to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and protests to not be exercised in a non-violent manner.
“In this regard, ECOWAS Commission calls on all protesters to remain peaceful in the conduct of their demonstrations. It also urges the Nigerian security operatives to exercise restraint in the handling of the protests and act professionally,” the statement read in part.
“ECOWAS Commission further notes that, in an effort to address the demands of the protesting youth, the Federal Government of Nigeria took important decisions regarding disbandment of SARS, comprehensive police reforms and investigation of cases of police brutality. It encourages the Nigerian Authorities to conduct the investigation rapidly”.
The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has also called on the Nigerian authorities to investigate the incidents and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.