MAIDUGURI, Nigeria 

Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday claimed security operatives killed 18 civilians during enforcement of a total lockdown in major cities in the country over the novel coronavirus. 

The commission, founded under a special law to monitor human rights violations in Nigeria, said in a report it got 105 petitions from families of the deceased through their lawyers and carried out investigations.

“Security operatives have killed about 18 persons following the enforcement of COVID-19 regulations and lock down,” the report said.

Appearing on TV, Anthony Ojukwu, the commission head, said civilians’ complaints of “brutality and killing” by

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