AU Envoy Raila Wades Into Nigeria Police Murders

  • Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga addresses the nation on June 1, 2020.
    Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga addresses the nation on June 1, 2020.
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  • Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has added his voice to the chaos and killings witnessed in Nigeria.

    In a statement, the African UnionĀ  (AU) Envoy for Infrastructure condemned police brutality that has led to the loss of life and asked the perpetrators to be brought to book.

    "The brutality meted on protesting civilians is a sad reminder of how precarious and threatened Africa's march towards democratisation, respect for rights and freedoms and the rule of law remains.

    Protesters in Lagos streets demanding SARS to be disbanded.
    Nigerian protesters in Lagos streets demanding SARS to be disbanded.
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    "There can be no excuse for that amount of brutality on unarmed civilians protesting misconduct on the part of the police," stated Raila.

    He further called on the AU to carry out investigations on the incident which has lasted for days.

    "I, therefore, wish to call upon the African Union and Nigerian authorities to investigate the violence and murders that have gone on and hold the perpetrators to account.

    "Africa and its institutions must stand up for and condemn the brutalization of its citizens at home with the same energy and vigour it responds to the violations of its citizens abroad," he added.

    Reports dominated international media on Wednesday, October 21, indicated that police officers in Nigeria fired at protesting crowds resulting in deaths.

    Human rights group Amnesty International stated that several people were killed in the protests while Lagos State Governor claimed that only one person died with 25 others sustaining injuries.

    Nigerians have been taking to the streets demanding thatĀ the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) be disbanded.

    They accused the unit of robbing, torturing, and even killing young men.

    Teargas cannisters lodged at Nigerian protesters in Abuja.
    Teargas cannisters lodged at Nigerian protesters in Abuja.
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