The National Human Rights Commission said Nigeria security agents have allegedly killed 18 people in their enforcement of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The death toll through the hands security operatives is higher than the number of people killed by the coronavirus in Nigeria. Current figures from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 12 people have died out of 407 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari declared a total lockdown in megacity Lagos, Ogun State and capital city Abuja since March 29.
The government said the lockdown will be enforced by security forces, including police and army, which has sparked deadly confrontations in some states.
The National Human Rights Commission said on Wednesday that it had received and documented “105 complaints of incidents of human rights violations perpetrated by security forces” in 24 of Nigeria’s 36 states and Abuja.