Former United States secretary of states Hillary Clinton Tuesday night told Nigerian authorities to “stop killing” persons protesting against police brutality in the country.
She has joined her voice to that of the few high-profile American politicians who have spoken against the use of “dangerous” force by government authorities to quell demonstrations as Nigerian youth protest against police brutality in the last two weeks.
She tweeted thus: “I’m calling on @mbuhari and the @hqnigerianarmy to stop killing young #EndSARS protesters… #StopNigeriaGovernment”.
Eyewitness confirmed that shows were fired at the crowd of over 1,000 peaceful demonstrators hours after the authorities declared an open-ended lockdown in Lagos to stop the protests.
An eyewitness called Toya said: “We were all sitting down, peacefully, and they shut down the lights and the billboards, everyone started screaming. They came to us, but I don’t know who it was. They were shooting, and everyone was running for his life.”
Another protester confirmed said he was helping to carry the wounded to nearby hospitals. “Currently I have two people that I rush in my car, a woman and a guy, who are in very critical conditions”.
Scenes of people removing a bullet from someone’s wound and pleading for help were broadcast in a live video by DJ Switch, a popular disc jockey, to 150,000 Instagram viewers.
People were seen removing a bullet from someone’s wound and pleading for help in a live video by DJ Switch, a popular Nigerian disc jockey.