The United States government has finally reacted to the shooting of unarmed #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos by the Nigerian Military on Tuesday night, October 20, and has called for an immediate investigation.
In a statement on Thursday, October 22, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo strongly condemned the use of excessive force by security agents against unarmed protesters in the country and said an immediate investigation will begin.
“We welcome an immediate investigation into any use of excessive force by members of the security forces.
“Those involved should be held to account in accordance with Nigerian law,” Mr Pompeo tweeted.
“The United States strongly condemns the use of excessive force by military forces who fired on unarmed demonstrators in Lagos, causing death and injury.”
He noted that peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are “essential human rights and core democratic principles” that should be respected by authorities.
“We extend our condolences to the victims of the violence and their families.
“We welcome an immediate investigation into any use of excessive force by members of the security forces.” he added.