Lagos, 21 October, 2020 / 10:33 pm (ACI Africa).
The reported use of excessive force on those peacefully protesting against police brutality in Nigeria has caught the attention of Christian leaders in the West African nation who have, in different platforms, condemned the excesses and reiterated their support for peaceful protests.
Countrywide youth-led protests that started as calls for an end to the, now defunct, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), have continued in Africa’s most populous nation, the protesters demanding for reforms in the country’s structure of governance.
Since the government deployed members of the Army to curtail the demonstrations alongside the declaration of a 24-hour curfew in the country’s largest city, Lagos, several people have been reported dead and others severely injured at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State.
“Reports of Soldiers shooting live bullets at unarmed and peaceful protesters is a reproach to Democracy,” Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Lagos said Wednesday, October 21.
In his message issued a day after reports of violence, Archbishop Ademale decries the loss of lives and the fact that the lives of many have been permanently altered because of gunshot wounds, “prices too high to pay for anything.”