Amnesty International has asked the Lagos State Government to disclose the identities of 103 #EndSARS victims scheduled for mass burial.
Amnesty International, an organisation focused on human rights, also urged the Lagos government to stop the burial till an autopsy be done on the victim’s corpses.
Amnesty was reacting to a leaked government statement dated 19 July, which was addressed to the Lagos State Ministry of Health by the state’s procurement agency, titled Letter of No Objection – Mass Burial for the 103, the Year 2020 ENDSARS victims circulated on the internet which sparked outrage.
Lagos govt confirmed the leaked memo but said the victims to be buried are not from the controversial Lekki Tollgate shooting.
Speaking on Monday, Amnesty’s Director of Information, Isa Sanusi, demanded an independent investigation into the matter.
The statement read: “The Nigerian authorities must urgently halt their plans to carry out a secret mass burial of #EndSARS victims and instead carry out a thorough and independent investigation into the killings and ensure that those suspected to be responsible are brought to justice in fair trials.
“They must also carry out transparent coroner inquests and autopsies on the 103 #EndSARS victims and publish their identities and the circumstances of their deaths.
It is appalling that the Lagos state government has not even mentioned that it has held the bodies of 103 #EndSARS victims in its custody since October 2020.”
“The Nigerian authorities must also ensure that victims and their families are provided with access to justice and effective remedies, including adequate compensation.”