MADRE stands in solidarity with the call for an end to police brutality in Nigeria. This week, protests turned deadly when security forces fired live rounds on demonstrators, killing at least 12 people.
Nigerians began demonstrating weeks ago to demand the eradication of the notorious police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), and other institutions that perpetuate police brutality. SARS has been long accused of violent abuses and extrajudicial killings. Yesterday, security cameras were removed from areas in the city of Lekki, just outside of Lagos, and armed forces began shooting people after sundown. As protests continue, people are under attack, and ambulances are blocked from providing support. People are dying as a result.
Peaceful protests, organized under the hashtag #EndSARS, have spread across the country of 220 million people and to Nigerian diaspora communities in the US and beyond.
MADRE stands with all those fighting to defend democracy while exercising their fundamental human and civil rights.