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#EndSars: Nigeria President, IGP sued over assaults on protesters, N200m claimed for each victim

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu have been sued over the assaults on peaceful protesters against police brutality and corruption.

The suit by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) followed widespread protests demanding reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The group calls for N200million for every of the victim of police brutality.

In the suit number FHC/L/CS/1451/2020 filed Thursday on the Federal High Court, Lagos, SERAP seeks “an order for the speedy and unconditional release everyone  detained throughout the nation solely for peacefully exercising their rights.

It additionally seeks a court order directing the Federal Government and Nigeria Police to instantly establish all victims of police brutality during the protests and adequately compensate all victims and their households with N200 million.

Read more: #ENDSARS: Presidential Panel Approves Five-Point Demand By Protesters

SERAP is looking for: “an order to guard and safe the fundamental rights of peaceable protesters throughout the nation collaborating within the #EndSARS/#SARSMustEnd protests or every other peaceable protests, to wit: their rights to life, dignity, personal liberty, freedom of expression and peaceable meeting.”

SERAP is also seeking “an order of injunction limiting the Federal Government and the police whether or not by themselves, their officers or agents, from stopping the protests and from harassing, arresting, detaining, or violating in any other ways the fundamental rights of Nigerians participating in peaceable protests throughout the nation.

“In a democracy, people have freedom to express their opinions on issues that matter to them. The function of presidency is to facilitate that democratic participation, and to not limit or criminalise it.”

The organisation is asking the court for “an order directing the Federal Authorities and Nigeria police to identify all perpetrators of brutality and human rights violations towards peaceful protesters throughout the nation and convey them to justice without further delay.

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