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Sport Man Utd's Ighalo slams Nigeria government after soldiers fire at protesters

11:05  21 october  2020
11:05  21 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

The young protesters who forced a president to back down

  The young protesters who forced a president to back down Nigeria's #EndSARS protests gathered momentum online, but burst onto the streets to force a change.Despite forcing the president to disband the unit, they are not satisfied as they want total police reforms and for officers in the rogue department to face justice.

Soldiers have reportedly opened fire at people protesting against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria , shortly after a 24-hour curfew was imposed in the city over the escalating demonstrations. Gunfire and sirens were heard in the Lekki district of Nigeria ' s financial capital, witnesses told Reuters.

Clashes between protesters and law enforcement agents in Lagos turned bloody on Tuesday, despite a state-wide curfew, with eyewitnesses telling CNN that multiple demonstrators have been shot by soldiers .

(Reuters) - Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo says he is ashamed of the Nigerian government following reports that soldiers opened fire on protesters in the Lekki district of the commercial capital Lagos on Tuesday.

Odion Ighalo looking at the camera: FILE PHOTO: Premier League - Manchester United v Sheffield United © Reuters/POOL New FILE PHOTO: Premier League - Manchester United v Sheffield United

Nigerians have been demonstrating nationwide every day for nearly two weeks against a police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), that rights groups had for years accused of extortion, harassment, torture and murders.

The unit was disbanded on Oct. 11 but the protests have persisted and at least two people were shot on Tuesday.

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  King reveals his anguish at missing out on Man Utd and West Ham moves Manchester United made a £25m offer for the Danish forward in January but a transfer did not materialise, while West Ham have instead moved on to Brentford's Said Benrahma this summer.Former club Manchester United made a £25m offer for the Danish forward in January but a transfer did not materialise, with King reportedly feeling 'used and messed about' as the Red Devils instead brought in Odion Ighalo on loan.

A Nigerian newspaper and Online version of the Vanguard, a daily publication in Nigeria covering Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed Odion Ighalo ’ s predatory instincts and impact on Manchester After a goalless first-half at Carrow Road, Ighalo fired the visitors into the lead from close range in the 51st

Odion Ighalo says his move to Manchester United has convinced fans to change allegiances. READ: Barcelona in crisis after Lionel Messi lashes out at club' s hierarchy. When Ighalo steps onto the pitch to make his Manchester United debut he will make history as the first Nigerian to play for the club.

In a Twitter post, the Nigerian Army said no soldiers were at the scene of the shooting.

Ighalo said in a video message on Twitter https://twitter.com/ighalojude/status/1318666220447715329 that while he rarely talks about politics he could not stay silent about events back home in Nigeria.

"The Nigerian government, you guys are a shame to the world for killing your own citizens, sending military to the streets to kill unarmed protesters because they are protesting for their own rights? It's uncalled for," he said.

"You people will be remembered in history as the first government to send the military to the city to start killing their own citizens. I am ashamed of this government, we are tired of you guys and we can't take this anymore."

Ighalo called on the UK government, world leaders and the United Nations to step in.

"They will keep killing if the world don't talk about this," he added.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Premier League: United star criticizes: "Shame on the world" .
Odion Ighalo (31) shared an emotional video on his Twitter profile in which the Manchester United striker asks for help for his home country Nigeria (here go to the video). © Provided by SPOX Odion Ighalo posted an emotional video on Twitter. "I'm not usually the type to speak up on political issues, but I can no longer remain silent about what's going on back home in Nigeria," said Ighalo, who was filming himself on the lawn of Parc des Princes in Paris.

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