Qasim Akinreti, Chairman, NUJ Lagos State Council, has strongly condemned the reports of shootings and killings of protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate by security agents.
“My condolences to the family of those affected by this conflict. I pray for the repose of soul of the dead and wishing quick recovery for those in the hospitals,” he said in a statement.
According to him, this ugly development puts Nigeria again on the global map as a nation where human rights are being abused and not respected.
He noted that protests are essential ingredients of a democracy. It must be handled with utmost sense of responsibility and tact.
“I equally condemned the arson, looting and destruction of public properties, police stations and other acts of criminality.
“I appeal to my colleagues to uphold the tenets of reporting conflicts as earlier advised and stay safe,” he said.
He urged the protesters to be ready for dialogue on their demands as espoused by Ebun Adegoruwa, a civil rights lawyer on Channel Television and other well meaning Nigerians.
The Chairman also commended the Lagos State government for setting up a commission of inquiry into the human rights abuses and police brutality.
He noted that the Governor of Lagos State has shown statesmanship in bringing the demands of protesters to the Nigerian President and the Police High Command and appeals to the governor to ensure that the committee delivers in line with its terms of reference.
– Oct. 22, 2020 @ 12:45 GMT |