The African Union Commission has frowned at the indiscriminate killings happening in some state of Nigeria.
The commission’s chairman, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Thursday condemned the massacre that occurred in the most populous state in Nigeria, Lagos state that took the lives of no fewer than 12 youths according to Amnesty International.
A statement realesed by his office on Thursday, disclosed that he “strongly condemns the violence that erupted on 20 October 2020 during protests in Lagos, Nigeria that has resulted in multiple deaths and injuries.”
“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 further reads.
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 on Tuesday opened fire on protesters in “a shooting spree”.
The use of lethal force by security forces drew international condemnation, with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet saying reports suggested it could have been premeditated.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian army has on Twitter called reports of soldiers firing on protesters “fake news”.
However, Faki’s Thursday statement did not specifically denounce the security forces’ actions, it said he welcomed Nigeria’s decision to disband the police’s loathed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Anger over abuses committed by the unit erupted into widespread protests some two weeks ago that drew thousands into the streets.