Agenzia Fides reports that Msgr. Alfred Adewale Martins, archbishop of Lagos, released a statement asking Nigerian authorities to investigate the numerous reports denouncing acts of police brutality and extortion against citizens.
“It is sad that a good fraction of the persons who are constitutionally empowered to provide security and ensure peace have now turned against the people they are meant to protect,” added the archbishop.
There have also been reports of extrajudicial executions carried out by the same law enforcement bodies. Msgr. Martins says the only way to assuage the anger in the country is “to ensure that the guilty ones are brought to face the law and justice seen to have been done.”