- ECOWAS has called for total and "comprehensive police reform" in Nigeria as EndSARS demonstration continues to gain global momentum
- The body, while reacting to the controversial Lekki shooting, said the grievances of the protesters must be thoroughly entertained
- ECOWAS also commiserated with victims of the protest and demanded a rapid investigation into the tragic incident
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has responded to the Lekki shooting, with the regional body urging the Nigerian government to commence a rapid investigation.
ECOWAS made this appeal in a statement on Wednesday, October 21, as the Lekki shooting continues gaining drives amid reactions globally.
While wishing those injured a speedy recovery, the body commiserated with the family of those killed by the combined force of the police and the Nigerian Army.
The body also called on the "security operatives to exercise restraint" and charged the protesters to "remain peaceful in the conduct of their demonstrations."
ECOWAS said that all hands must be on deck in ensuring that the Nigerian government fulfils its promises after the disbandment of the controversial SARS unit, adding that there must be a "comprehensive reform" in the Nigerian policing system.
Part of the statement read:
“ECOWAS Commission further notes that, in an effort to address the demands of the protesting youth, the Federal Government of Nigeria took important decisions regarding disbandment of SARS, comprehensive police reforms and investigation of cases of police brutality. It encourages the Nigerian Authorities to conduct the investigation rapidly.”
In the same vein, Nana Akufo-Addo, the president of Ghana and chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority has called for calm, and the use of dialogue to resolve the ongoing #EndSARS protests in Nigeria.
The West African president disclosed this in a tweet on Wednesday evening, October 21, on his verified Twitter account following the killings of protesters and the campaign against police brutality.
Akufo-Addo said he spoke to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian leader assured him that the processes that will lead to reforms have begun.
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