The United States Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria has lent its voice to the 1 year anniversary of the EndSARS protest which held in various parts of the country.
Last year October 2020, Nigerians had trooped out to condemn human rights violations by some police officers.
That led to the disbandment of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) as well as the establishment of various panels of enquiry into police brutality.
In a tweet on Wednesday, the US mission recalled that “today is a day to reflect on the loss of life and property during last year’s #ENDSARS protests.”
It stated that the work of the panel is a good move but added that it was awaiting full compensation for all victims of police abuses.
“We appreciate the work done by the various judicial panels and look forward to the implementation of recommendations and compensation to victims of police brutality,” it tweeted.
It further stated that it supported ongoing police reform efforts in the country.
“We encourage those who demonstrated for change to engage politically to achieve it,” it added.
Recall that Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, had in February , told the United Nations Human Rights Council that Nigeria was committed to fulfiling the demands of the protesters.
Part of their demands is the prosecution of erring officers.
Meanwhile, the US Consulate has issued a security alert on Lagos state, urging citizens to avoid areas of demonstrations.
“Event: EndSARS Anniversary
“There are currently groups of protesters around the Lekki Toll Gate area in Lagos. The police have deployed tear gas and traffic is currently blocked. Consulate personnel are advised to avoid the area. Please consider alternate routes. “