The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres through his spokesperson issued a statement today condemning excessive use of power and police brutality against peaceful protesters demonstrating against a one police unit SARS.
In a statement dated October 21st, The United Nations secretary general urged the security forces to act at all times with maximum restraint while calling on protesters to demonstrate peacefully and to refrain from violence.
The statement reads as follows;
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General – on Nigeria
“The Secretary-General is following recent developments in Nigeria and calls for an end to reported police brutality and abuses. He condemns the violent escalation on 20 October in Lagos which resulted in multiple deaths and caused many injuries. He expresses his condolences to the bereaved families and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. He calls on the Nigerian authorities to investigate these incidents and hold the perpetrators accountable.
The Secretary-General urges the security forces to act at all times with maximum restraint while calling on protestors to demonstrate peacefully and to refrain from violence.
The Secretary-General encourages the authorities to swiftly explore avenues to de-escalate the situation. He reiterates the readiness of the United Nations to support national efforts towards finding a solution.
Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General”
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