Commonwealth Medical Association condemns assault, murder of defenceless civilian protesters in Nigeria

President, Commonwealth Medical Association, Dr. Osahon Enabulele

By Anthony Maliki

The Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA) expresses grave concern over
reports of callous assault and murder of defenseless civilian protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos State, Nigeria on Tuesday.

This unfortunate incidence which took place in the course of a peaceful end SARS protest against police brutality and call for reforms of the Nigeria Police Force in various parts of Nigeria, was characterized by the firing of live bullets at the protesting civilians, with several deaths and fatal injuries recorded
amongst the protesters.

The condemnation was contained in a statement by President of the Association, Dr Osahon Enabulele to Apex News Exclusive on Wednesday.
He noted that aside from these despicable acts which led to many casualties, the CMA views as most unfortunate and unacceptable, the prevention of ambulance services and medical care for the injured victims.
Dr. Enabulele stressed that while the Association is not currently in a position to
make a declarative statement on the pre-morbid state and motives of the elements
behind this unholy assault and decimation of defenseless civilian protesters, the
CMA deeply regrets the loss of lives and strongly condemns the unwarranted
murder of civilian protesters and gross assault on their fundamental human and
health rights.

The CMA condoles the families of those murdered at the Lekki Toll gate and other parts of Nigeria, and prays for the repose of their souls.
The statement added the enormous human casualties and its implications for health and security, the CMA passionately calls on the Government of Nigeria to urgently
calm the situation by arresting further intimidation, assaults and murder of the
peaceful protesters.
The CMA further urges the Nigerian government to take up the medical care of
injured victims, guarantee unfettered access to physicians and healthcare workers
to care for injured victims, and to bring all the culprits who perpetrated the
shameful act to quick justice, through transparent investigation and prosecution.

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