The United States has urged the Nigerian government to commence immediate investigation into the excessive use of force by the military in the alleged killing of unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos.
A statement issued by the Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo on Thursday specifically mentioned Tuesday’s shooting of protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos.
Mr Pompeo condemned the use of excessive force by security agents against unarmed protesters in the country.
“The United States strongly condemns the use of excessive force by military forces who fired on unarmed demonstrators in Lagos, causing death and injury,” the statement read in part.
Calling for an investigation into the incident, he said:“We welcome an immediate investigation into any use of excessive force by members of the security forces.
“Those involved should be held to account in accordance with Nigerian law,” Pompeo said.
He noted that peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are “essential human rights and core democratic principles” that should be respected by authorities.
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