OnyxNews Nigeria reports that United Nations’ Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has called for an end to police brutality in Nigeria, condemning violent clashes that claimed ‘several’ protesters’ lives and left many injured.
This position was contained in a communiqué by his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric.
It is said in the statement that the Secretary-General has been following recent developments in Nigeria and has called for an end to police brutality and assaults.
Mr Guterres condemned the shooting of protesters on Tuesday at Lekki in Lagos which caused many protesters death and injuries.
He expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.
The Secretary-General called on the Nigerian authorities to investigate the incidents and hold the perpetrators accountable.
The UN chief urged the security forces to act at all times with maximum restraint while calling on protesters to demonstrate peacefully and to refrain from violence.
The Secretary-General encouraged the authorities to swiftly explore avenues to de-escalate the situation.
He reiterated the readiness of the United Nations to support national efforts towards finding a solution.