The United Nations has expressed concern over the attacks on peaceful #EndSARS protesters, who are clamouring for an end to police brutality and extortion across the country.
The global body registered its apprehension in a Twitter post on Friday by the UN Watch, its non-governmental organisation that monitors the organisation and defends human rights.
Retweeting a story from American broadcaster, ABC News, the UN body lamented that 10 Nigerians have been killed and hundreds more have been brutalised in the ongoing protests in the country.
Among those known to have been killed during the protests are Jimoh Isiaq and Ikechukwu Ilohamauzu, who were both hit by stray bullets in Ogbomosho, Oyo State; and Surulere, Lagos State, respectively.
It also noted that the incidents have occurred despite Nigeria sitting on the UN Human Rights Council.
🇳🇬 Nigeria kills 10 and injures hundreds in peaceful protests against police brutality.
🇳🇬 Nigeria sits on the U.N. Human Rights Council. https://t.co/anPBP13MTd
— UN Watch (@UNWatch) October 16, 2020
The tweet has had over 28,000 retweets and over 19,000 likes as at the time of filing this report.
The #EndSARS protests have been happening for the past 11 days and are led by Nigerians youths, who are demanding an end to the now-disbanded Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (F-SARS) and a holistic reform of the Nigeria Police Force.