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#OccupyLekki: Protect right to peaceful protest, Amnesty tells FG

Global rights group, Amnesty International, has urged the Federal Government to protect the right of citizens to peaceful protest.

In a string of tweets, Amnesty also said security operatives must refrain from use of force on protesters like it had occurred last October during the #EndSARS protests against police brutality.

It wrote, “Reports say, Armed policemen, surround #LekkiTollGate ahead of Saturday’s protests.

“Amnesty International is calling on all Nigerian authorities to demonstrate a commitment to protecting the right to peaceful protest. Previous attempts by security agents to repress peaceful protests have led to human rights violations and abuses. #LekkiTollGate.

“The Nigerian govt. must ensure that when protesters exercise their right to freedom of assembly, it must be without fear of harassment or attacks by hoodlums or others opposed to the protests. Security operatives must refrain from excessive use of force on protesters. #EndSARS.”

It was reported that the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing alleged killing of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki toll gate, decided to hand over the tollgate back to its operators, Lekki Concession Company, after forensic experts submitted their report on the October 20, 2020 incident.