Nigerian security forces kill 18 for violating Covid-19 lockdown: human rights body
MAIDUGURI: Nigerian security forces have killed 18 people in their enforcement of measures to curb coronavirus, a figure higher than the documented toll inflicted by the disease, the country’s human rights body claimed on Wednesday.
Africa’s most populous nation has imposed a total lockdown in megacity Lagos and the capital Abuja and set restrictions in other regions in a bid to contain the virus.
According to official figures, coronavirus has so far infected 407 people in Nigeria, of whom 12 have died so far.
Security forces, including police and army, have been deployed to enforce the restrictions, sparking deadly confrontations in some states.
The country’s National Human Rights Commission said it had received and documented “105 complaints of incidents of human rights violations perpetuated by security forces” in 24 of Nigeria’s 36 states and Abuja.
Of these complaints, “there were 8 documented incidents of extrajudicial killings leading to 18 deaths,” it said. - AFP