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Nigeria: Killing of #EndSARS protesters by the military must be investigated

21 October 2020 At least 12 people killed at Alausa and Lekki Toll Gate Lagos Hundreds severely injured CCTV dismantled to cover murder   An on-the-ground investigation by Amnesty International has confirmed that the Nigerian army and police killed at least 12 peaceful protesters yesterday at two locations in Lagos. The killings took place in Lekki and Alausa, where thousands were protesting police …

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Death toll climbs as Nigeria protests spiral

19 October 2020 Crowds have taken to the streets of Nigeria in protest against police brutality. The demonstrations come as the government disbanded a controversial security unit accused of misconduct. Crowds took to the streets again in Nigeria’s largest cities on Monday in protest against police brutality. Rights group Amnesty International said five people had died since the start of the …

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Nigeria: Authorities must initiate genuine reform of the police

16 October 2020 At least 10 people killed during protests Hundreds of protesters injured and arrested Sponsored thugs unleashing violence on peaceful protesters  Nigerian security forces must immediately end the intimidation, harassment and attacks on peaceful protesters, Amnesty International Nigeria said today, after at least 10 people were killed and hundreds injured during ongoing nationwide protests demanding an end to police brutality …

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#EndSARS: Nigerians protest against police brutality

9 October 2020 Nigeria’s federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is widely accused of unlawful arrests, torture and even murder. Hundreds of people have protested against alleged police brutality for a second day across Nigeria after a video of a man allegedly being killed by police went viral. Anger has been brewing on social media after the video of the alleged …

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Nigeria special police unit reined in after abuse allegations

5 October 2020 Move comes after accusations the Special Anti-Robbery Squad was involved in unlawful arrests and torture. Nigeria’s top police chief has banned a controversial anti-robbery unit and other special agents from carrying out stop-and-search operations and mounting roadblocks over accusations of abuses. Muhammed Adamu, inspector general of police (IGP) said in a statement on Sunday the Federal Special …

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Nigeria: Failure to release report of Presidential Panel a setback for rule of law

15 September 2020 Responding to the failure of Nigerian authorities to release report of the Presidential Panel to Review Compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement three years on, Osai Ojigho Director Amnesty International Nigeria said:   “The failure of Nigerian authorities to release the report of the Presidential Panel that purportedly investigated compliance of armed …

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Nigeria: Government failings leave rural communities at the mercy of gunmen

24 August 2020 At least 1,126 villagers killed by bandits from January to June 2020 Attacks pose threats to food security in rural areas Failure to bring killers to justice fuels impunity The Nigerian authorities have left rural communities at the mercy of rampaging gunmen who have killed at least 1,126 people in the north of the country since January, Amnesty International …

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Nigeria: Horrific reign of impunity by SARS makes mockery of anti-torture law

26 June 2020 The Nigerian authorities have failed to prosecute a single officer from the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), despite anti-torture legislation passed in 2017 and evidence that its members continue to use torture and other ill-treatment to execute, punish and extract information from suspects, Amnesty International said today. In a new report, Time to End Impunity, Amnesty International documents at …

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No clean up, no justice: Shell’s oil pollution in the Niger Delta

19 June 2020 Friends of the Earth Europe, Amnesty International, Environmental Rights Action, Milieudefensie  Nearly 10 years after a clean-up was urged for areas polluted by Shell and other oil companies in the Niger Delta, work has begun on only 11% of planned sites while vast areas remain heavily contaminated, according to a new investigation by four NGOs. In 2011 …

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Authorities in Nigeria must uphold human rights in fight to curb COVID-19

4 April 2020 The Nigerian authorities must adopt a rights respecting approach and give clear instructions to security agencies not to abuse their powers as the nation tightens its effort to tame the COVID-19 pandemic, which compelled the authorities to impose lockdown and inter-state movement restrictions, Amnesty International said earlier this week. The national response to COVID-19 must be inclusive, …

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