Breaking News

Unrest in Lagos after Police Opened Fire at #EndSars Protesters

Many shot dead and some injured after security forces opened fire on protesters who demonstrating against police brutality in the center of the city Lagos. The incident took place at Lekki Toll Plaza, an upscale district in Lagos, the country’s largest city and financial hub.

About 25 people had been wounded but only one person had died, the state governor said.

Witnesses spoke of uniformed men opening fire in the wealthy Lekki suburb on Tuesday evening.

An indefinite 24-hour curfew has been imposed on Lagos and other regions.

Protests against Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars) have began nearly two weeks ago , which had been accused of illegal detentions, assaults and shootings, to be disbanded. Protesters who briefly gathered again at the Lekki toll gate - where Tuesday's shootings took place - were forced out by police.

The international human rights group Amnesty International issued a statement saying there was “credible but disturbing evidence” of fatalities from the shooting at Lekki Toll Plaza. Amnesty International has said at least 15 people had been killed since the protests began.

A reporter for AFP news agency said several buildings were in flames around the Lekki area. A bus station was reported to be on fire in another district while a major TV station - linked to one of the governing party's top politicians - was reportedly set alight by people throwing petrol bombs.

Soldiers were seen barricading the protest site moments before the shooting, BBC Nigeria correspondent Mayeni Jones reports.

Four witnesses told Reuters news agency that soldiers had opened fire on demonstrators. One of them, Alfred Ononugbo, 55, said: "They were firing into the crowd. I saw the bullet hit one or two persons."

An unnamed witness told BBC News that shortly before 19:00 local time soldiers "pulled up... and they started firing directly" at peaceful protesters.

"They were firing and they were advancing straight at us. It was chaos. Somebody got hit straight beside me and he died on the spot," he said.

In a tweet, Amnesty International Nigeria said it had "received credible but disturbing evidence of excessive use of force occasioning deaths of protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos".

No comments