Punish perpetrators of Lekki shootings, US tells FG

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    Mandatory Credit: Photo by Evan Vucci/AP/Shutterstock (10434333bm) Donald Trump, Sauli Niinisto. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington Trump, Washington, USA - 02 Oct 2019

    The United States has strongly condemned the use of excessive force by the military authorities against unarmed demonstrators in Lekki, Lagos.

    The Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, in a statement on Thursday, asked the Federal Government to hold those responsible accountable.

    He said Nigerians rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are essential human rights and core democratic principle.

    Pompeo, therefore, admonished the security services to show maximum restraint and respect fundamental rights.

    He also enjoined the demonstrators to remain peaceful.

    The statement titled, ‘Ongoing protests in Nigeria’, read in part, “We welcome an immediate investigation into any use of excessive force by members of the security forces. Those involved should be held to account in accordance with Nigerian law.

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