Lagos police convoy shoot teenagers as fuel protest gathers

Image copyrightNigerian Supreme Court/Facebook Image caption Patience, one of two youths shot dead by a police escort during a protest, is pictured left, flanked by a younger woman. Pictured, a younger male. A Nigerian…

Lagos police convoy shoot teenagers as fuel protest gathers

Image copyrightNigerian Supreme Court/Facebook Image caption Patience, one of two youths shot dead by a police escort during a protest, is pictured left, flanked by a younger woman. Pictured, a younger male.

A Nigerian legal panel has described the shooting of youths by a security convoy in Lekki, a suburb of Lagos, in June as “a massacre”.

The shooting of Patience and Abidemi Onagoroba, both 23, by a police escort led to nearly 70 people being detained.

One was shot dead. Police said the pair was being brought to court.

It took place as youths and workers protested against the high prices of petrol and public transport.

In a ruling on Monday, the Supreme Court of Nigeria described the shooting as “repugnant and disgusting” and said it showed “the level of brutality that can be unleashed by the state.”

“The use of live ammunition and lethal bullets against unarmed civil populace including innocent children, women and the aged is a clear violation of human rights to life as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The court said the public had a right to go about their lawful business without being harassed and that the use of live ammunition for justifiable reasons may be condoned under certain circumstances.

The high court has set a deadline of 28 July for the state prosecutor to file charges.

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