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10 people have died in Nigeria's ongoing protests over police brutality, Amnesty International says

October 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

At least 10 people have died in protests over police brutality in Nigeria, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)At least 10 people have died in protests over police brutality in Nigeria, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

The the human rights group told CNN police have used excessive force against unarmed protesters since the protests started last Thursday.

"So far, Nigerian Police have killed at least 10 people since the start of protests against callous operations of SARS," according to Amnesty International.

"The excessive use of force by the police in response to the protests reveals the longstanding disregard for the right to life by Nigerian security forces," Amnesty said.

"Amnesty International therefore calls for an urgent review of the use of force and firearms by police officers against protesters and thorough, independent and impartial investigation into all cases of violence including deaths that occurred during the #EndSARS protests," Seun Bakare, head of programs at Amnesty International Nigeria, told CNN.

'Police still killing protesters'

Buhari on Tuesday addressed the "genuine concerns and agitations by Nigerians about the excessive use of force, and in some cases extrajudicial killings and wrongful conduct, by men of the Nigerian police force. " He said the disbanding of SARS is "only the first step" in extensive police reform.

Nigerian police allegedly fired tear gas, water cannons and live ammunition at protesters in the capital of Abuja, according to videos seen by CNN.

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