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World Curfew in Nigeria's Lagos over 'monster' protests

21:15  20 october  2020
21:15  20 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

Curfew in Nigeria's Lagos over 'monster' protests

  Curfew in Nigeria's Lagos over 'monster' protests Authorities on Tuesday imposed a 24-hour curfew in Nigeria's economic hub Lagos as the police ordered out anti-riot units nationwide to face protests officials claimed had been hijacked by criminals. As the lockdown went into force in Africa's largest city at 4 pm (1500 GMT), hundreds of defiant protesters sang the national anthem as they pledged to remain out on the streets. "Are you afraid?" a man shouted to the flag-waving crowd from a stage at a tollgate in the city centre that has become the epicentre of the demonstrations."We will stay here peacefully," 32-year-old demonstrator Akin told AFP. "This is our new home.

Authorities on Tuesday imposed a 24-hour curfew in Nigeria ' s economic hub Lagos as the police ordered out anti-riot units nationwide to face protests officials © Kola Sulaimon Protests that began 12 days ago over abuses by the police's loathed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have spiralled

(CNN) The governor of Nigeria ' s commercial hub Lagos imposed a state-wide curfew and deployed riot police on Tuesday in response to growing protests over police "Dear Lagosians, I have watched with shock how what began as a peaceful #EndSARS protest has degenerated into a monster that is

Authorities on Tuesday imposed an indefinite curfew in Nigeria's economic hub Lagos as the police ordered out anti-riot units nationwide to face protests officials claimed had been hijacked by criminals.  

a group of people standing in a parking lot: Protests that began 12 days ago over abuses by the police's loathed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have spiralled dramatically with violence being reported in several cities © Kola Sulaimon Protests that began 12 days ago over abuses by the police's loathed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have spiralled dramatically with violence being reported in several cities a man holding a sign: The wave of protests in Nigeria has rattled the authorities as the biggest show of people power in years has turned into demands from youths for sweeping changes © PIUS UTOMI EKPEI The wave of protests in Nigeria has rattled the authorities as the biggest show of people power in years has turned into demands from youths for sweeping changes

As the lockdown went into force in Africa's largest city at 4 pm (1500 GMT), hundreds of defiant protesters sang the national anthem as they pledged to remain out on the streets. 

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  Protest Erupts at Nigerian Ambassador's House in Maryland Over Killing of Protesters in Lagos A group of protesters gathered in front of the home of the Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S. on Tuesday after reports of the killing of anti-police brutality demonstrators in Lagos.Protests began in October in Lagos against the special police force known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). According to Amnesty International, SARS is "notorious for the widespread torture and other ill-treatment of Nigerians." Tuesday's shootings occurred in the Lekki district of Lagos, the largest city in Africa. While a confirmed number of casualties has yet to be released, witnesses at the scene told Reuters that at least two people had been struck by gunfire.

Authorities declared a 24-hour curfew in Nigeria ' s economic hub Lagos on Tuesday as violence flared in widespread protests that have rocked cities across the country. Protests that began 12 days ago over abuses by the police's loathed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have spiralled dramatically.

Authorities declared a 24-hour curfew in Nigeria ' s economic hub Lagos on Tuesday as violence flared in widespread protests that have rocked cities across the country. Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced only "essential service providers and first responders" would be allowed on the

a person with smoke coming out of it: Tensions were high in Abuja after police reported that three people had been killed in clashes there on Monday © Kola Sulaimon Tensions were high in Abuja after police reported that three people had been killed in clashes there on Monday

"Are you afraid?" a man shouted to the flag-waving crowd from a stage at a tollgate in the city centre that has become the epicentre of the demonstrations.

"We will stay here peacefully," 32-year-old demonstrator Akin told AFP. "This is our new home."

The government initially said it would impose a 24-hour curfew in Lagos. A spokesman for the city later clarified to AFP that it was indefinite and around the clock.

By early evening, silence fell on large parts of the usually bustling city, shops were closed and cars had gone.

Protests that began 12 days ago over abuses by the police's loathed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have spiralled dramatically with violence being reported in several cities.

Nigeria unrest spreads after shooting of protesters

  Nigeria unrest spreads after shooting of protesters Buildings in Nigeria's main city of Lagos were torched on Wednesday and sporadic clashes erupted after the shooting of peaceful protesters in which Amnesty International said security forces had killed several people. Witnesses said gunmen opened fire on a crowd of over 1,000 people on Tuesday evening to disperse them after a curfew was imposed to end spiralling protests over police brutality and deep-rooted social grievances. "We were allWitnesses said gunmen opened fire on a crowd of over 1,000 people on Tuesday evening to disperse them after a curfew was imposed to end spiralling protests over police brutality and deep-rooted social grievances.

Lagos is under a round-the-clock curfew enforced by police roadblocks, as smoke rises from a flashpoint area in Nigeria ' s biggest city where soldiers shot at protesters the previous evening, witnesses Curfew declared in Nigeria ' s Lagos over ' monster ' protests . Agence-France Presse.

Protests that began 12 days ago over abuses by the police's loathed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have spiralled dramatically. Authorities declared a 24-hour curfew in Nigeria ' s economic hub Lagos on Tuesday as violence flared in widespread protests that have rocked cities across the

Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu ordered the shutdown after he said the protests had "degenerated into a monster that is threatening the well-being of our society".

"Lives and limbs have been lost as criminals and miscreants are now hiding under the umbrella of these protests to unleash mayhem," he wrote on Twitter, insisting that only essential workers should stay out on the streets. 

Unrest in Lagos after deadly Nigeria protest shooting

  Unrest in Lagos after deadly Nigeria protest shooting Buildings were torched in Nigeria's biggest city Lagos on Wednesday as authorities shut down the economic hub after the shooting of peaceful protesters by security forces caused international outrage. At least 12 people were killed by the Nigerian army and police in two locations in Lagos on Tuesday in a deadly crackdown on demonstrations, Amnesty International said. Peaceful protesters had gathered despite a curfew imposed to end spiralling protests over police brutality and deep-rooted social grievances.

Protests that began 12 days ago over abuses by the Nigerian police's loathed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have spiralled dramatically. LAGOS - Authorities declared a 24-hour curfew in Nigeria ' s economic hub Lagos on Tuesday as violence flared in widespread protests that have

Authorities on Tuesday imposed a 24-hour curfew in Nigeria ' s economic hub Lagos as the police ordered out anti-riot units nationwide to face protests officials claimed had been Protests that began 12 days ago over abuses by the police's loathed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have spiralled

Map of Lagos detailing main assembly points for protests and main roadblocks © Gillian HANDYSIDE Map of Lagos detailing main assembly points for protests and main roadblocks

"We will not watch and allow anarchy in our dear state."

As the tone hardened from the authorities, Nigeria's police chief ordered anti-riot units deployed around the country.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Nigerian protesters defy curfew in Lagos © Pierre FAVENNEC Nigerian protesters defy curfew in Lagos

"The force will henceforth exercise the full powers of the law to prevent any further attempt on lives and property of citizens," a statement said. 

Unrest in Lagos after deadly Nigeria protest shooting

  Unrest in Lagos after deadly Nigeria protest shooting Buildings were torched in Nigeria's biggest city Lagos on Wednesday as authorities shut down the economic hub, after the shooting of peaceful protesters by security forces caused international outrage. Concerned by the escalating violence reported on Wednesday in a string of cities including Lagos, the International Committee for the Red Cross called for restraint.At least 12 people were killed by the Nigerian army and police in two locations in Lagos on Tuesday in a deadly crackdown on demonstrations, Amnesty International said.

Some 18 people have died in the demonstrations as clashes have been reported between protesters and assailants wearing civilian clothes.

- 'Sponsored hoodlums' -

Rights groups and protesters have accused "thugs and sponsored hoodlums" of attacking the peaceful demonstrations and seeking to discredit the movement.

Lagos, a city of 20 million, has been paralysed as crowds have blocked key roads and access to the international airport. 

An AFP journalist saw young men manning makeshift checkpoints and stopping cars on routes across the city early Tuesday.

Witnesses told AFP that a police station was set ablaze in the Orile Iganmu district of the city on Tuesday.  They said police opened fire on protesters, wounding several.

In the capital Abuja, security forces violently dispersed crowds and thick black smoke could be seen over the city, an AFP photographer said.

Tensions were high after police reported that three people had been killed in clashes in the city on Monday.    

Nigeria’s SARS: A brief history of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad

  Nigeria’s SARS: A brief history of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad How a police unit established to combat armed robbery became synonymous with unlawful killings, torture and extortion.In a series of tweets, he described being beaten and arrested: “They took turns to slap, punch and kick me while I was struggling with a swollen knee. At least six officers, one at a time.

Violence spread as well to the largest northern city of Kano as hundreds of people went on a rampage on Tuesday, burning vehicles and looting businesses according to an AFP reporter at the scene.

"The mob came near the school and began assaulting parents who had come to pick up their children," 35-year old auto mechanic Sadiq Mohammed told AFP.

Police said 12 suspects were also arrested in southern Benin city in connection with separate attacks on two police facilities.

- Tinderbox -

The wave of protests in Nigeria has rattled the authorities as the biggest show of people power in years has turned into demands from youths for sweeping changes. 

The government announced the scrapping of the SARS unit and a raft of reforms over a week ago, but the bid to placate the protesters has failed. 

Officials have called for the demonstrations to be suspended to give the authorities time to make good on its pledges.

Nigeria -- where the median age is 18 -- is a tinderbox of profound economic and social grievances. 

Around half of the population of 200 million is estimated to live in extreme poverty and unemployment is widespread among the youth. 

Africa's biggest oil producer is currently facing a recession as the fall in crude prices sparked by the coronavirus pandemic has battered government finances. 

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce said in a statement that estimated economic losses in the past 12 days were at 700 billion naira ($1.8 billion dollars, 1.5 billion euros).

On Tuesday, the Senate called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation on the protests "as a matter of urgency".

"The upper chamber urged the Federal Government to faithfully implement all the five demands of the #EndSARS movement and protesters with necessary timelines to rekindle confidence in government," lawmakers said in a statement. 

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Tense calm in Nigeria after days of unrest .
Residents and government workers clean up streets of Lagos as curfew is relaxed.In Lagos, the country’s commercial hub and the epicentre of the protests, authorities on Saturday eased a 24-hour curfew, while the streets of the capital, Abuja, gradually returned to normal.

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