Press Release

Repression of Democratic Rights and Police Brutality in Nigeria: A Call for Full-scale Inquiry

Vaughan, Ontario- October 20, 2020– The Aegis Council for Policy Research & Innovation strongly condemns the killing of unarmed civilians protesting police corruption and political clientelism in Nigeria. We call on the Nigerian security forces to immediately cease the unwarranted attacks, harassments, excessive use of force and violence against peaceful protestors.

We call on the Nigerian state authorities to heed to the demands of the protestors and swiftly disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), who have been widely cited for gross human rights violations against Nigerians. We further call on the Buhari-administration to launch a full-scale, independent and effective inquiry into the killings, excessive use of force and harassments of innocent protestors, and bring the perpetrators to book.

Sections 39 (1) and 40 of the Nigerian Constitution guarantees freedom of expression and right to peaceful assembly, and it is reprehensible for an institution whose sole mandate is to defend the rule of law and protect lives and property to violate the principle for which it was set up. 

The pandemic of state’s misuse of force and harassments against civilians is not a new occurrence. We call on governments to move beyond superficial and ceremonial changes and give primacy to public protection by shifting investments from policing to social services to address the underlying economic inequities.