The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria expresses her
strong dismay at the current situation in the country and condemn in its totality the brazen killings of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Tollgate by uniformed military personnel.

It was a horrific Tuesday evening (20/10/2020) watching recordings of the killing by uniformed Nigerian soldiers of innocent protesters on the news.

The protesting youths were peacefully demanding an end to brutality and
dehumanizing treatment by the police, expanding their demands to cover better
structure and good governance in Nigeria.

A better Nigeria is what the youths are clamouring for, this is not too much to
ask from a government who have sworn an oath to uphold the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

FIDA Nigeria says the incessant killings of innocent lives must STOP Now!!! This
murder of harmless citizens is undemocratic, barbaric, and unacceptable.
Government has a duty and must make Nigeria safe for all her citizens.

Tension has escalated everywhere in several states such as in Taraba, Ekiti, Edo, Abuja, Plateau, Ogun, and Imo where citizens no longer feel safe and curfews have been imposed in some states.

FIDA Nigeria continues to promote the rule of law. The vulnerable in society
particularly the youth have continuously suffered from social injustice and Police
brutality in Nigeria. We must stop this, let us use the instrumentality of the law to bring all concerned to book.

We lend our support to the demands of the Nigerian Bar Association and emphatically demand that the soldiers responsible be identified and brought to book as we call on Mr. President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings of innocent youths across our nation.

FIDA Nigeria commiserates with the families of the dead and salutes our
courageous young martyrs.
The law must now be allowed to take its cause!
May God save Nigeria #MakeNigeriaSafe

Rhoda Prevail Tyoden
Country Vice President/National President
FIDA Nigeria

Eliana Martins
National Publicity Secretary
FIDA Nigeria