Amnesty International tells FG, Governors to end attacks on peaceful protesters


The global human rights group, Amnesty International has called on the Federal and State Governments to end attacks on peaceful protesters across the country.

The human rights group said this in a statement on Saturday while reacting to reports of needless attacks and intimidations against June 12 protesters in major cities in the country.

Amnesty International said it had received disturbing reports of attacks on peaceful protesters in Abuja, Lagos and Ibadan, noting “that some of them have been arrested while others were injured.”

“We again call on the Nigerian authorities to respect human rights and end attacks on peaceful protesters”, it said.

The June 12 protest was organised to awaken President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to myriads of problems facing Nigeria, adding that the organisers of the protest are demanding accountability and better governance from the president.

The protesters were also asking Buhari to resign from office if he cannot tackle insecurity and provide good governance in the country.

Report has it how the Nigerian police that were required by the 1999 Nigerian Constitution to provide security to peaceful protesters fired teargas to intimidate and disperse some of the June 12 protesters at the Ojota area of Lagos State.

Heavy gunshots were reported in other parts of the state. A lone protester was attacked by a hired pro-Buhari group in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).