Security forces kill more Nigerians than covid-19

More people have been killed in locked down parts of Nigeria by security forces; a local rights group says.

Evidence of the killings comes from members of the public who rang their hotline or sent in videos, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) adds.

It says law enforcers have killed 18 people in Nigeria since lockdowns began on 30 March.

Coronavirus has killed 13 people, according to health ministry data.

Nigeria has a population of about 200 million and has reported 442 cases of coronavirus.

However, there are fears it could spread quickly in overcrowded parts of the country.

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Also, in a report about Nigeria’s coronavirus lockdown, the NHRC, a government agency, said it had found “8 separate incidents of extrajudicial killings leading to 18 deaths”.

The group said it received more than 100 complaints across 24 of Nigeria’s 36 states – including Lagos, Ogun and Abuja in total. Those three parts of the country this week had their two-week lock down extended.

Other areas have set a variety of restrictions, which have seen the police and army called out to enforce them.

Nigerian security forces have however not responded to the NHRC’s report.

Earlier this month, Nigeria’s police force encouraged citizens to report officers who violate rules on conduct; adding “the rights of Nigerians are not infringed upon under any pretext”:

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