US strongly condemns the use of excessive force by the military against unarmed demonstrators

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The United States has strongly condemned the use of excessive force by the military authorities against unarmed demonstrators in Lekki, Lagos.

The Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, in a statement on Thursday, asked the Federal Government to hold those responsible accountable.

He said the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression were essential human rights and core democratic principles.

Pompeo, therefore, admonished the security services to show maximum restraint and respect fundamental rights.

He also enjoined the demonstrators to remain peaceful.