The African Union Commission chairman on Thursday, 22 October, has strongly condemned the violence in Nigeria’s biggest city Lagos and has called on all parties to “privilege dialogue”.
Moussa Faki Mahamat “strongly condemns the violence that erupted on 20 October 2020 during protests in Lagos, Nigeria that has resulted in multiple deaths and injuries”, his office said in a statement.
“The Chairperson appeals to all political and social actors to reject the use of violence and respect human rights and the rule of law,” the statement said.
Amnesty International has confirmed that at least 12 people were killed by the Nigerian army and police in two locations in Lagos on Tuesday during the #EndSARS protest on police brutality.
At least 56 people have died across the country since the protests began on October 8, with about 38 killed nationwide on Tuesday alone, according to Amnesty.
Human Rights Watch also corroborated reports that the Nigerian army had opened fire on protesters Tuesday in “a shooting spree”.
The use of live ammunition by security forces drew international condemnation, as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said reports suggested the violence could have been premeditated.
The Nigerian army has since on Twitter called reports of soldiers firing on protesters “fake news”.