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#EndSARS: NANS gives army, police seven-day ultimatum to prosecute erring officers

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The Nigerian army and police have been given a seven-day deadline by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to arrest and punish personnel involved for the brutalization and killing of nonviolent #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate last year.

In a statement issued by its president, Comrade Asefon Sunday, the organization warned that if their requests are not satisfied, they will ‘hit the street, to ensure that justice is delivered to their fallen heroes’.

NANS said in a statement titled ‘One Year after #EndSARS; an immediate need for the Prosecution of the Culprits’ that it has shreds of evidence to establish that some protestors were fired at by security operatives at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020.

The statement read in part, “Beyond the nationwide commemoration, characterised by street protests and processions, the NANS used the opportunity of today’s #EndSARS memorial events, to review the incidences of October 20, 2020, and make specific demands from the Nigerian government, towards ensuring that we avoid a repeat of the unfortunate incident of October 20, 2020.

“Considering the commitment of the administration of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, to finding a meaningful resolution to the crisis created by the agitation for an end to police brutality, coupled with several pieces of evidence gathered from our independent findings, through series of stakeholders engagement today, via video footage and hospital reports, which has now confirmed that, the Nigerian Army operatives opened fire on thousands of young Nigerians who were peacefully gathered at the Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020, an action that was followed up by subsequent assault on injured and other protesters by operatives of the Nigerian Police force in the later hours of the same day.”

The association stated that if the government fails to listen to their demands to ensure that the erring police are brought to justice, they will petition the United Nations and other relevant international agencies.

“The NANS shall by this notice, also petition the United Nations Human Rights Council, governments of the United States and the United Kingdom, to immediately initiate a process of visa cancellation of these identified perpetrators of crime against Nigerian young people.

“We hereby issue a seven days ultimatum, to the leadership of the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police force, to provide everyone involved in this crime against humanity, without further delay.

“We are determined to hit the street, to ensure that justice is delivered to our fallen heroes, as we also struggle to ensure an end to police brutality and all forms of human rights abuses in our country,” Sunday said.

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