Amnesty wants a probe of police killings of protesters

AMNESTY International has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to set up an independent commission of inquiry to investigate all reports of killing of protesters by the police against the removal of fuel subsidy. The organisation said that international standards require that any use of force or firearms resulting in death or injury be investigated to ensure that the use of force was not arbitrary or abusive. In a statement yesterday, Amnesty International called on the Federal Government to reform Nigeria’s police regulations in line with international standards, to prevent additional loss of lives and to ensure that the police only use firearms when it is strictly necessary to protect life. “Intentional use of lethal force against people in a public order situation violates the right to life as guaranteed by Nigeria’s Constitution, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights,” it said.


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