Guild of Editors condemn killing of unarmed protesters 


The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has condemned in very strong terms, what it described as the unwarranted shooting and killing of unarmed protesters by security men in different parts of the country.

This is coming as the International Press Centre (IPC) in Lagos has expressed concern about latest happenings in the country with respect to the #ENDSARS and #ENDSWAT protests especially the targeting of media institutions and harassment of journalists.

In a statement issued yesterday, NGE urged President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation to calm frayed nerves, insisting also that there is nothing wrong in actively engaging in dialogue with the aggrieved youths.

The guild sympathised with victims of the shootings and their families and calls for full scale investigation of Tuesday mayhem across the nation, especially the killings and injuries inflicted on protesters at the Lekki, Toll Plaza in Lagos, where security personnel shot and killed some unarmed protesters before the commencement of curfew at 9pm.

NGE noted that there was no need whatsoever for security personnel to use live bullets and therefore, demands that those found culpable should be brought to justice.

The NGE is worried over the dramatic turn the #EndSARS peaceful protests have taken.

The body of editors welcomed the curfew imposed on some states following the apparent hijack of the peaceful #EndSARS protests by hoodlums.

It commended the efforts of these state governments to separate the wheat from the chaff.