Lockdown: NHRC revealed law enforcement agents killed 18 persons

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The National Human Rights Commission has reported that law enforcement agents killed 18 persons while enforcing the lockdown ordered by the Federal Government to curb the spread of the COVID – 19.

The NHRC disclosed this in a report on the first phase of the lockdown , from March 30 to April 13.

The commission said a total of 105 complaints bordering on rights violations were received from 24 states during the first phase of the lockdown .

The Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Tony Ojukwu , said the complaints came from the Federal Capital Territory, Abia , Adamawa , Akwa Ibom , Bayelsa , Benue , Cross Rivers and Ebonyi states .

Complaints were also received from Edo , Enugu , Ekiti, Delta Gombe , Imo , Kaduna , Katsina, Kogi , Kwara , Lagos , Nasarawa , Niger, Ogun , Osun , Plateau and Rivers states .

The complaints received and documented by the NHRC within the period include cases of extrajudicial killings , violation of right to freedom of movement , unlawful arrest and detention , and seizure /confiscation of properties .

There were also cases of sexual and gender based violence , discrimination, torture , inhumane and degrading treatment and extortion .

“ Whereas COVID – 19 has led to the death of about 11 patients to date (Wednesday ), law enforcement agents have extrajudicially executed 18 persons to enforce the regulations .

“ This speaks volumes of the protocols and rules of engagement for our law enforcement as well the efficiency level and capacity of law enforcement agents to deal with civil population, ” Ojukwu added .

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