#EndSARS: NBA condemns military attack on unarmed protesters, Calls for dismissal, prosecution of perpetrators
The President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has condemned the Tuesday killings of unarmed #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki toll gate plaza in Lagos State.
The NBA President, Mr Olumide Akpata said in a statement that the present situation in the country requires dynamic leadership tactics to bring the country back to normalcy and not by unleashing the military on armless protesters.
The statement said, “The attention of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has been drawn to the dastardly shooting and killing of #ENDSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate Plaza in Lagos State by some unidentified men of the Nigerian Military on Tuesday, 20th October 2020.
“From news reports on the incident, many lives were lost in the attack while several others were injured during the melee that ensued.
“The NBA strongly condemns this act of recklessness and lawlessness by the security apparatus of the government”, the NBA boss stated in the statement.
Akpata said even if the protesters at the Lekki Tollgate Plaza were in breach of the curfew imposed by the Lagos State Government, such a misdemeanour or breach did not warrant the use of live ammunition by the Nigerian military to confront otherwise peaceful, unarmed and defenceless protesters.
The NBA called on the military high command to immediately identify and name the officers involved in the gross professional misconduct for immediate prosecution and dismissal in line with extant laws.