US Condemns 'excessive' Use Of Force By Military In Nigeria
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Fri 23rd October 2020 | 09:40 AM
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Oct, 2020 ) :The United States on Thursday condemned what it called excessive use of force by the Nigerian military for firing on unarmed demonstrators.
Amnesty International says at least 38 people, including 12 in the capital Lagos, were killed by the Nigerian army and police in a brutal crackdown on protesters Tuesday that drew international condemnation.
"We welcome an immediate investigation into any use of excessive force by members of the security forces," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.
He added that those involved "should be held to account in accordance with Nigerian law." "The right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are essential human rights and core democratic principles," Pompeo said.
While there, the delegation reiterated "the US condemnation of the use of excessive force by military forces," Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.
Police Minister Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi told the BBC that troops were not ordered to open fire on protesters.
In addition to the police and army denying any responsibility in the killings, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari -- a former military leader -- was uncompromising Thursday in the face of the popular uprising.