World A demonstration dispersed by gunfire in Lagos subject to a total curfew

02:45  21 october  2020
02:45  21 october  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Protesters have come under gunfire in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos , eyewitnesses and local media say, amid continuing anger over police brutality. Who opened fire and the number of casualties is unclear, but Amnesty International said it had credible reports of deaths. An indefinite 24-hour curfew

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.

Pneus enflammés dans une rue d'Abuja le 20 octobre 2020 © Kola Sulaimon Tires set on a street in Abuja on October 20, 2020

More than 1,000 demonstrators gathered peacefully on a toll in Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria, were dispersed Tuesday evening by "numerous" shootings, after the entry into force of a total curfew in an attempt to extinguish a popular movement which continues to spread across the country.

Several demonstrators told AFP that they heard "many gunshots", adding that they "ran for their lives".

Many people appeared injured on videos posted on social networks by demonstrators who recorded more than 100,000 "views" live. A man was bleeding as many other demonstrators did not seem to want to leave the premises crisscrossed by police patrols and security forces, according to these images and testimonies collected on the spot.

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The Lagos State Government disclosed on Friday that there would be a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the state, starting from Sunday in According to the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in situation update briefing on the Covid-19 virus at the statehouse in Marina, the curfew is to allow the government carry

In Lagos , as well as the absence of the city's notorious traffic jams, there are also fewer of the city's famous yellow public buses plying their routes. The lockdown, imposed on 30 March in Lagos , neighbouring Ogun state and the capital, Abuja, meant that many businesses were closed as people

La police déployée dans un quartier d'Abuja le 20 octobre 2020 © Kola Sulaimon The police deployed in a district of Abuja on October 20, 2020

Youth protests against police violence have spread to protests against the power, and have degenerated in several large cities, especially in Lagos, the economic capital where a curfew has been imposed until further notice.

For twelve days, thousands of young Nigerians have been pounding the pavement in the big cities of Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa and the continent's leading economic power. At least 18 people, including two police officers, died in the marches, which had until recently been largely peaceful.

Quelques milliers de manifestants antigouvernementaux défient un couvre-feu de 24 heures à Lekki Toll Gate, dans le centre économique du Nigeria, Lagos, ordonné par le gouverneur de l'État pour endiguer les manifestations. © Pierre FAVENNEC A few thousand anti-government demonstrators defy a 24-hour curfew at Lekki Toll Gate, in Nigeria's economic center, Lagos, ordered by the state governor to stem the protests.

At 4 p.m., when the curfew officially went into effect in Lagos, a thousand protesters sat down at the tollgate they have occupied for over a week, waving flags to signify their "non-violence" .

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The Lagos State Police Command has disclosed that it arrested 121 persons for violating the curfew time imposed by the government, Monday. ” The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu and other senior officers went round the State on the first day of the curfew to monitor the

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"Are you worried? No! We will die here!" chanted a cheering crowd, according to AFP journalists on the spot.

"We survived the confinement, we will survive the curfew", "We will no longer remain silent" or "The youth is building Nigeria", they read on their signs.

The Inspector General of Police on Tuesday afternoon ordered the immediate deployment of a riot police unit across the country "to protect Nigerians and their property, and to secure vital national infrastructure".

Earlier in the morning, very angry young people had taken control of almost all the roads of the economic capital. In the west of the city, a police station was set on fire, shots were fired and several people were shot and wounded, witnesses told AFP.

- "A monster" -

"The peaceful protests have degenerated into a monster," state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said on Twitter before the full curfew was announced. "Criminals and scoundrels are now hiding under the aegis of this demonstration to bring about chaos", he denounced.

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Serious clashes also broke out in the capital Abuja where dozens of vehicles and buildings were set on fire, and where the police were deployed, according to an AFP journalist.

The day before, in Benin City, the capital of Edo State (South), renowned for its high crime rates, three police stations had been stormed, and several prisoners from two detention centers had succeeded to escape.

The governor of this state then announced a curfew, but the situation remained extremely unstable on Tuesday, according to testimonies collected by AFP.

In the north of the country, in Kano, unrest also erupted on Tuesday. Hundreds of young people stormed the streets, and some burned cars and businesses, according to an AFP journalist.

This unprecedented mobilization in Nigeria - which was born in early October on social networks to denounce police violence - has gradually turned into a movement against the power in place and bad governance.

- "Rekindling Confidence" -

President Muhammadu Buhari, who announced early last week the dismantling of a controversial police unit and promised police reform, has not spoken since.

On Tuesday, the Senate called on the president to address the country "urgently" and asked the government to respond to protesters' demands to "rekindle confidence".

Besides a better representation of youth on the political scene, the demonstrators demanded in the processions salary increases and more jobs.

The first economic power on the African continent thanks to its oil, Nigeria is also the country with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty in the world.

The youth unemployment rate is massive there, and the global economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has not helped. The country expects to enter recession for the second time since 2016.

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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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