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NGO gives Amnesty International 7-day ultimatum to leave Nigeria

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A non-governmental organisation, The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-economic Rights (CALSER) has given Amnesty International a 7-day ultimatum to evacuate Nigeria or risk ‘civil disobedience’ 

CALSER through its leader identified as Princess Ajibola sounded this warning in a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday. 

The group said it is “devoted to the restoration of human dignity, honour and safety on earth.”

Princess Abimbola sounded a clear warning to Amnesty International and its affiliated organisations, “For Nigeria to rebuild, Amnesty must be out of the way and out of the way for good. Failure to leave Nigeria will attract civil disobedience at its offices based in Abuja and in Lagos on a scale that would make the campaign of looting and arson it facilitated appear like child’s play.

“Amnesty International’s offices and those of all its affiliated organisations and known supporters in Nigeria will be set upon the same way that its agents destroyed critical assets of the country.

“Its staffers will be treated the same way that innocent policemen and our children lynched by mobs were treated. The countdown for the seven-day ultimatum begins now,”

This group’s threat is coming off the back of Amnesty International’s role in the recent EndSARS protests where thousands of Nigerians marched against Police brutality. The international human rights groups regularly reported cases of police abuse during the protests and they published an on-the–ground  report that the Nigerian army killed 12 peaceful protesters at the Lekki and Alausa shootings on October 20. 

Amnesty International released an investigative timeline that details the happenings of that day. 

“The timeline – available here–collates photographs and video footage to confirm that Nigerian Army vehicles left Bonny Camp, a military base approximately a seven-minute drive from the tollgate, at 6.29 pm local time on 20 October.”

“Footage then tracks the vehicles to the tollgate. At approximately 6.45pm, the Nigerian military opened fire on the #EndSars protesters who were peacefully calling for an end to police brutality,” the group revealed.

Osai Ojigho, Country Director of Amnesty International said, “What happened at Lekki toll gate has all the traits of the Nigerian authorities’ pattern of a cover-up whenever their defence and security forces commit unlawful killings.”

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