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#EndSARS Protest: Lekki Shooting Survivors Drag Nigerian Govt. To ECOWAS Court

#EndSARS Protest: Lekki Shooting Survivors Drag Nigerian Govt. To ECOWAS Court

Three people that survived the alleged shootings by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate, on October 20, 2020, have dragged the Nigerian government to the ECOWAS court, seeking duos to be brought to book.

The fundamental human rights suit was filed by the applicants’ legal practitioner, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun. Information Guide Nigeria

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The Counsel, who addressed a press conference yesterday to mark the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protest, said the survivors have requested to be unnamed to prevent ill-treatment by anybody.

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According to POLITICS NIGERIA, in the applicants’ lawyers words: “The Applicants seek amongst others, the declaration that the Nigerian State has violated her obligations under the Nigerian Constitution, International laws and most especially the African Charter; failed and fails to protect the lives of the Applicants and citizens; protect its citizens from extrajudicial killings, police brutality and to promote and provide security for its citizens.

“That the State persistently tolerates and promotes a climate of impunity in the country as a result of its systemic failure to condemn, effectively identify and secure accountability for a series of grave attacks against the Applicants and people of Nigeria and failure to convict perpetrators of human rights violations in the years preceding the 20th and 21st of October 2020 Lekki Tollgate Shooting and till date.”

“All of these constitute a gross violation of fundamental human rights guaranteed by Sections 38 and 40 of the Nigerian Constitution and Articles 9 and 10 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights,” the statement jointly signed by the three. jamb results

“Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the Government who through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermath.”

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Essien, Goodnews is a gruaduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo, Uyo; Currently working at Infoguide Media as a news writer.

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