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US condemns Lekki killings, seeks immediate investigation

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The United States joined the rest of the world on Thursday to condemn the killings of unarmed protesters by the Nigerian security forces at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday.

The statement released by the US Department of State and signed by the Secretary, Michael R. Pompeo said the US does not support the excessive force by the Nigerian military and thus called on the authority to prosecute the perpetrators of the killings.

“The US strongly condemns the use of excessive force by military forces who fired on unarmed demonstrators in Lagos, causing death and injury,” the US Department of State said, adding that it welcomes “an immediate investigation into any use of excessive force by members of the security forces.”

Videos and graphic scenes from an eye witness and protesters show that security forces dressed in Nigerian army uniform opened fire on unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest city on Tuesday night.

According to the statement by the US as seen by BusinessDay, those involved should be held to account in accordance with Nigerian law.


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