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COVID-19 Lockdown: Falana Calls For Investigation Into Extrajudicial Killing Of 21 Persons


Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has known as for an investigation into alleged killing of 21 individuals by safety forces throughout the COVID-19 lockdown.

In his letter dated April 16 and titled, Re: COVID-19 Killings By Safety Forces, and addressed to the secretary, Nationwide Human Rights Fee (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu, Falana stated 21 Nigerians have misplaced their within the palms of trigger-happy safety officers.

The Human rights activist urged the NHRC to replace its report which claims that 18 individuals have been killed to 21 individuals as a result of three different individuals had been killed in Cross Rivers and Anambra states throughout the lcokdown.

“Our consideration has been drawn to your report on the 18 those who had been brutally killed in Kaduna, Abia, Niger and Katsina States by the armed personnel of the Nigerian Military, Nigeria Police Power and Nigerian Safety and Civil Defence Corps deployed by the Federal Authorities to implement the COVID-19 Laws.

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“Nonetheless, we’ve confirmed the illegal killing of three different individuals after the compilation of your report. Particularly, a taxi driver was reported to have been to demise by safety officers in Cross River State whereas two different individuals had been shot lifeless by the Police in Anambra State.

“Thus, you’ll agree with us that 21 Nigerian residents have misplaced their lives within the palms of set off comfortable safety personnel below the pretext of implementing the COVID-19 Laws,” the letter learn partially.

Falana added that aside from updating its report, the NHRC ought to conduct an investigation into the illegal killing of the 21 individuals and be sure that the culprits are prosecuted for homicide or culpable murder.

He additionally requested that the NHRC ought to be sure that the bereaved relations of the slain residents are adequately compensated by the federal authorities.

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