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Amnesty accuses Nigeria of cover-up in Lekki shooting

Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian government of not bringing to justice those involved in the Lekki tollgate shooting and attempting to cover up.

The campaign group says the authorities have continued to harass and intimidate protest organisers while police brutality continues to be reported.

“Those suspected to be responsible for the killings should be brought to justice in accordance with international fair trial standards,” said Amnesty International Nigeria Director Osai Ojigho.

The rights group wants Nigerian authorities to implement full police reforms as promised during and after the protests.

“Amnesty International is concerned that the Nigerian authorities will continue their current ban on protests and reminds the government of its obligations under the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended) and international human rights treaties to – which the country is a state party – to allow those who gather peacefully to express their views without fear of arrest or intimidation,” read a statement in part.

The Lekki tollgate shooting of #EndSARS protesters who were demonstrating against police brutality is what prompted the creation of a panel that began sitting in October and for six months.

The panel has been reviewing police brutality petitions with an aim of bringing justice to victims.