President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has joined well-meaning persons in calling on the government of Nigeria and #EndSARS protestors to use dialogue in addressing issues of police brutality in the Nigeria.
”I join all well-meaning persons in calling for calm, and the use of dialogue in resolving the #EndSARS impasse in Nigeria. I have spoken with President Buhari, who is committed to this end, and has begun the processes that will lead to reform,” President Akufo-Addo, who is also the Chairman of the ECOWAS, said in a tweet.
He also condemned the violence which has erupted as a result of killings of some protestors by Nigerian security officers on Tuesday.
“Violence, be it on the part of the Police or protesters, cannot be the solution. To the families who have lost their loved ones, I express my sincere condolences, and I wish the injured a speedy recovery,” he added.
The #EndSARS protest which began on Thursday, October 8, turned bloody on Tuesday after armed uniformed officers reportedly opened fire on protestors at the commercial hub of Lagos.
A number of people taking part in a protest against police brutality have reportedly been shot dead or injured in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos. A witness told the BBC he had counted about 20 bodies and at least 50 injured after soldiers opened fire. Amnesty International said it had obtained credible reports of deaths.
The authorities have promised an investigation into the shooting.
An indefinite 24-hour curfew has been imposed on Lagos and other regions.
Protests over a now-disbanded police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars), have been continuing for two weeks.