#EndSARS Lekki: Soldiers Who Shot Protesters Must Face The Law, US Officials Tell Vice President Osinbajo

The senior officials of the United States Government on Thursday met with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and expressed concerns and displeasure over the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll plaza on Tuesday on #EndSARS, demanding that the soldiers behind the shootings must be brought to book.

The Spokesperson for the State Department, Morgan Ortagus, said in a statement that the officials were led by Counselor of the US State Department, Ulrich Brechbühl , Assistant Secretary Robert Destro and Assistant Secretary Denise Natali.

Speaking about the ongoing violence in Nigeria as well as human rights violations and human trafficking

Statement read in part,

“The counselor expressed the US condemnation of the use of excessive force by military forces that fired on unarmed demonstrators in Lagos. He expressed condolences to the victims of these shootings and urged the government of Nigeria to abide by its commitment to hold those responsible accountable under the law.”

“Counselor Brechbühl and Vice President Osinbajo emphasized the importance of US and Nigerian collaboration on common goals of improving security cooperation and strengthening economic partnership to foster mutual prosperity,” the statement read.

The Nigerian Army had on Wednesday denied that soldiers were at the toll plaza despite evidence of several video showing soldiers shooting at the protesters.

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  1. The ball is in the court of the Federal Govt of Nigeria. They owe the world an explanation.