Nigerian Security Agents Killed More Than Coronavirus

National Human Rights Commission says it received ‘105 complaints of rights violations by security forces’ in 24 states.

Lagos Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu, centre, speaks to passengers to enforce social distancing in a bus as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus in Lagos, Nigeria

At least 18 people in Nigeria have been killed by security forces during the enforcement of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, a figure higher than the documented toll inflicted by the disease, the country’s human rights body said.

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In a report released late on Wednesday, the National Human Rights Commission said it had received and documented “105 complaints of incidents of human rights violations perpetuated by security forces” in 24 of Nigeria’s 36 states and Abuja, the capital.

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