reports that a Nigerian among the #EndSARS campaigners protesting in Surulere area of Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial city, has been shot dead by an officer of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
An eyewitness tweeted: “We just lost a Nigerian to a gunshot, at the Surulere protest.
“The medical team did their best to keep him alive. The young Nigerian also put up a good fight.
“Unfortunately, he couldn’t make it.”
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The recent killing is coming a few minutes after President Muhammadu Buhariaddressed Nigerians on #EndSARS.
In a video clip published on his official Twitter handle, President Buhari noted that he was aware of the agitations of Nigerian on the issue.
The President said: “I want to use this opportunity to say I am aware of the recent genuine concerns and agitations by Nigerians by the excessive use of force, in some cases extra-judicial killings and wrongful conduct by men of the Nigerian Police Force
“The disbanding of SARS is only the first step in our commitment to extensive police reforms in order to ensure that the primary duty of the police and other law enforcement agencies remains the protection of lives and livelihood of our people.
“We will ensure that the officers responsible for wrongful deaths are brought to justice
“We also deeply regret the death of the young man in Oyo State during the recent demonstrations. I have ordered that the circumstances of his death should be thoroughly investigated.
“Meanwhile it is important to recognise that the vast majority of men and women in the police force are hardworking and diligent in performing their duties.
“The few bad eggs should not be allowed to tarnish the image and the reputation of the force.”