At least 18 people were killed by security officers who were enforcing a curfew to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria, the country’s human rights body said.
According to a report released on Wednesday, the National Human Rights Commission said it had received more than 100 complaints of incidents of human rights violations perpetrated by the police. “There were eight documented incidents of extrajudicial killings leading to 18 deaths”, the report said.
The police were accused of killing seven and the army allegedly killed two other civilians. A local committee enforcing the restriction was responsible for killing one individual.”
Nigeria has imposed a total lockdown in Abuja, the commercial capital Lagos, and neighboring Ogun state to combat the spread of coronavirus.