ECOWAS Press Release on ENDSARS Protest In Nigeria
ECOWAS Press Release on ENDSARS Protest In Nigeria

ECOWAS Commission notes with concern that demonstrations by Nigerian youth calling for police reform, particularly the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police, accused of misconduct by those demonstrating, have turned violent. 

ECOWAS Commission expresses its condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives during the protests and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

While ECOWAS Commission recognizes the right of citizens to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and protests, it is also of the view that those rights should be exercised in a non-violent manner. In this regard, ECOWAS Commission calls on all protesters to remain peaceful in their demonstrations. It also urges Nigerian security operatives to exercise restraint in handling the protests and act professionally.

ECOWAS Commission further notes that to address the demands of the protesting youth, the Federal Government of Nigeria took essential decisions regarding the disbandment of SARS, comprehensive police reforms and investigation of cases of police brutality. It encourages the Nigerian Authorities to conduct the inquiry rapidly.

Finally, ECOWAS Commission appeals to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Nigerian youth and civil society to urgently pursue dialogue for an early and amicable resolution of this social unrest and maintain the Nigerian image as a bastion of law and order.

Abuja, 21 October 2020



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