Amnesty International reported that fifteen protesters detained in 2020 remain held without trial three years after the impactful #EndSARS movement in Nigeria.
Most are confined in Lagos’ Kirikiri and Ikoyi correctional facilities. Nigerian authorities have levied charges like theft, arson, and even murder, with some detainees alleging torture. Amnesty’s investigation reveals a severe infringement on human rights, demanding the immediate and unconditional release of these protesters.
The report also exposes a resurgence of police brutality, with ongoing violations including extrajudicial killings, harassment, and arbitrary detention. Despite promised reforms post-#EndSARS, Nigeria’s police force continues to operate with impunity. The recent cases of brutality underscore the need for genuine and effective reforms to safeguard human rights.
Today: December 3, 2023