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Lockdown: Security Agents Allegedly Kill More Than Coronavirus

Concerns have continued to grow over the alleged killing of Nigerians by men of security agents on the lockdown enforcement duty across the nation.

Concerned Nigerians, (CN), Civil Society Organisation, (CSO), has expressed worry over the allegations that some security agents killed about nine persons in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Delta and Kaduna States.

Convener of the organisation, Deji Adeyauju, lamented the alleged extrajudicial killing in a statement in which he worried about the safety of Nigerians struggling to cope with the present economic woes of the country amidst the Coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown order.

Coronavirus And Lockdown
Coronavirus and Lockdown

“The government of Nigeria had in the wake of the rising cases of the Coronavirus announced the lockdown of 3 major cities, Abuja, the Capital city, Lagos and Ogun respectively to combat the virus and track infected persons.

“The law enforcement agencies charged with the responsibility to maintain law and order during the lockdown have killed nine persons and injured many.

State by State Account of Extrajudicial killings: Here are the state by state accounts of human rights violations in the country since the pandemic started in Nigeria:

Alleged Killing by Security Agents During Lockdown

“Federal Capital Territory, Abuja: In Abuja, a Nigerian who went out to get food for his pregnant wife was shot dead by the Nigerian Police at Banex Junction, Wuse 2 Abuja.

“Delta State: An Army personnel reportedly shot a man identified as Mr Joseph Pessu dead in Delta State, south-south Nigeria. The incident occurred on 2nd April 2020 at Ugbuwangue community in Warri South Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, on the second day of the lockdown directive issued by the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa.

Police Brutality During Lockdown
Police Brutality During Lockdown

“Kaduna State: No fewer than six youths were killed in Kaduna after a clash between the police and some traders. It was gathered that traders at the Sabon Garri-Trikania market had trooped out for business activities when they could no longer bear the brunt of the stay-at-home order by the government.

But in enforcing the (COVID-19) lockdown ordered by the government, armed police officers were said to have opened fire to disperse the traders, and in the process, six traders were killed.

“Akwa Ibom State: A police officer identified as Sgt. Edidiong Alexander attached to Safer Highway lost his rank for violating the rights of one Dr Daniel David Edit working at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH) while on duty.

“Abia State: In Abia, a police inspector simply identified as Stanley shot dead Mr Chibuisi, a petrol station attendant while enforcing the lockdown in the area. Stanley was said to have tried to stop a vehicle that allegedly violated the lockdown order, and in the process, a bullet went off and hit the victim who later died in the hospital while receiving medical attention.”

Adeyanju regretted that the alleged extrajudicial killings had claimed nine lives across the nation, while the dreaded Coronavirus ravaging the whole world has not killed up to that in Nigeria

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