#LekkiShooting: Sack Buratai now, CSOs tell Buhari


Some Civil Society Organisations, on Wednesday, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sack the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai following the killing of unarmed protesters at the Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday night.

The group, in a statement released in Abuja, the nation’s capital, described the shooting and killing of the #EndSARS protesters as inhumane, barbaric, and unacceptable.

The statement noted that the group condemned the use of live ammunition in engaging the protesters by men of the Nigerian Army. It added that the resultant effect is the destruction of private and public infrastructures across the country.

According to the group, President Buhari should as a matter of urgency constitute an independent commission of inquiry to probe the killings and bring the alleged security agents to justice.

They noted that the purpose of the investigation is to ascertain the exact number of protesters that lost their lives and compensate families appropriately.

The organizations also asked the President to dismiss the service chiefs for failing to curb the rise in insecurity in the country and order the suspension of the Nigerian Army’s newly launched Operation Crocodile Smile.

Also, the group noted that the sack of Buratai and other service chiefs will douse the tension in the country and restore the peoples’ confidence once more in his ability to provide them the desired security.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that the statement was signed by Prof Ibrahim Alkali for Coalitions Against Injustice in Africa; Dr Hassan Baba Khalid, for Centre on Equity and Human Rights Africa.

Others are Prof P. O. Okeke for Action Against Bad Governance; Mr Kolawole Adesina for Citizens Watch Forum and Rev. Dr Paul Kaigama for Centre for Peace and Good Governance.

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