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US condemns soldiers firing on unarmed protesters in Nigeria

 

The US has condemned “military forces firing on unarmed protestors in Lagos”, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has tweeted using the #EndSARS hashtag.

The Nigerian military has denied that it was involved in the shooting of protestors in Nigeria’s largest city on Tuesday.

Amnesty International said 12 people were killed when security forces opened fire on peaceful demonstrators.

“Those involved should be held to account under the law. We extend our condolences to the victims of the violence and their families,” Mr Pompeon added.

Similarly, Former United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has called on Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Army to ‘stop killing’ #EndSARS protesters in the country.

The former U.S. Democratic presidential candidate made this known on Tuesday night shortly after soldiers reportedly shot at protesters at the Lekki tollgate area of Lagos State, killing at least nine according to reports.

“I’m calling on @mbuhari and the @hqnigerianarmy to stop killing young #EndSARS protesters. #StopNigeriaGovernment,” Clinton tweeted.

Earlier, Nigeria’s Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said there would be justice for victims of the toll gate shootings.

In a series of tweets, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo did not confirm that the security forces shot dead protesters on Tuesday, but said that his “heart goes out to all the victims of the Lekki shootings, and also the policemen and all other men and women who lost their lives in the past few days in different parts of Lagos & other states”.
“I spoke to some of those in hospital. The pain of these terrible events is palpable in our towns and cities, and some losses are irreplaceable, but we can and will get justice for all of them,” he said.

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