The United States has eventually broke its silence on the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki Tollgate, Lagos on Tuesday, demanding an immediate investigation.
The US made this demand through its Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, on Thursday in a statement.
The statement indicated that the Federal Government should hold those responsible accountable.
The statement is titled, ‘Ongoing protests in Nigeria.’
Pompeii argued that the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression were essential human rights and core democratic principle, but appealed to the demonstrators to remain peaceful.
He also called on the security services to show maximum restraint and respect fundamental rights of the citizens.
The statement read partly, “We welcome an immediate investigation into any use of excessive force by members of the security forces. Those involved should be held to account in accordance with Nigerian law.
“The right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are essential human rights and core democratic principles.
“We call on the security services to show maximum restraint and respect fundamental rights and for demonstrators to remain peaceful. We extend our condolences to the victims of the violence and their families.”