Human rights Organization, Amnesty International, has asked President Bola Tinubu-led Nigerian government to disclose the identities of the casualties of the #EndSARS protesters whose mass burial has been contracted by the Lagos State government.
The Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, Isa Sanusi, stated this on Monday, July 24 in a statement while reacting to a contract document on the mass burial by the Lagos State Public Procurement dated July 19, 2023, and addressed to the Lagos State Ministry of Health where it was indicated that the mass burial contract was over N61 million.
The Amnesty Director, Sanusi said;
“The Nigerian authorities must urgently halt their plans to carry out a secret mass burial of #EndSARS victims and instead carry out a thorough and independent investigation into the killings and ensure that those suspected to be responsible are brought to justice in fair trials.
“They must also carry out transparent coroner inquests and autopsies on the 103 #EndSARS victims and publish their identities and the circumstances of their deaths.
“It is appalling that the Lagos state government has not even mentioned that it has held the bodies of 103 #EndSARS victims in its custody since October 2020.
“All those detained because of their role in the #EndSARS protests must be immediately released. The Nigerian authorities must also ensure that victims and their families are provided with access to justice and effective remedies, including adequate compensation.”
Amnesty International further stated that it had been monitoring developments across Nigeria since the #EndSARS protests began on October 8, 2020.
It stated that “In October 2020, an on-the-ground investigation by Amnesty International confirmed that Nigerian security forces opened fire on thousands of peaceful protesters, who were peacefully calling for good governance and an end to police brutality, killing at least 12 protesters at Lekki toll gate and in Alausa.
“Amnesty International was able to establish that pro-government supporters instigated violence at many of the demonstrations, providing cover for the police to use lethal force against peaceful protesters.
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“On 16 November 2020, a Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up to investigate the Lekki toll gate killings submitted its report, which indicted the military and the police for killing unarmed protesters, who were sitting on the floor and waving Nigerian flags and singing.”