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World Nigeria in shock after deadly shooting of protesters

12:46  21 october  2020
12:46  21 october  2020 Source:   msn.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.

The NGO says there is 'credible but disturbing evidence' on fatal shootings in Lagos involving #endSARS protesters against police brutality. People demonstrating against police brutality on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria on Tuesday - Copyright Sunday Alamba/Copyright 2020 The Associated

Amnesty International said late Tuesday there is “credible but disturbing evidence” that security forces in the Nigerian megacity of Lagos have fatally shot protesters demonstrating against police brutality. The development came late Tuesday hours after the Lagos state governor said a new 24-hour curfew

Nigerians were in shock on Wednesday after a deadly shooting of peaceful protesters in the biggest city Lagos that Amnesty International blamed on security forces.

a group of people walking down a dirt road: Anger over abuses by the police's loathed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) erupted into widespread protests about two weeks ago, drawing thousands of people on to the streets © Benson Ibeabuchi Anger over abuses by the police's loathed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) erupted into widespread protests about two weeks ago, drawing thousands of people on to the streets

There was no immediate death toll from the incident on Tuesday evening in which witnesses said armed gunmen opened fire on a crowd of over 1,000 people to disperse them after a curfew was imposed to end spiralling protests over police brutality.

#EndSARS: Nigeria's young protesters demand real change

  #EndSARS: Nigeria's young protesters demand real change Dancing, chanting and determined: thousands of young Nigerians are jamming the streets of megacity Lagos to protest against police violence and vent at a society they feel sidelines them. West Africa's economic hub and beating heart, normally bustling with traffic, is at a standstill as demonstrators have occupied major roads day after day since last week. The gigantic Lekki Toll Gate, a key junction in and out of the city of 20 million people, is the main stage for the ongoing festival of contestation.

In other videos protesters carrying bloodied Nigerian flags are seen pleading with security officials to Lagos state government said it would open an investigation into the shooting , which Outcry in Nigeria over footage of shooting by notorious police unit. Deluge of stories about ‘Sars’ unit’s alleged

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.

Sporadic gunshots could be still be heard in Lagos on Wednesday morning, an AFP journalist said.

Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said 25 people were wounded, with two receiving intensive care, as local authorities vowed to investigate.

"This is the toughest night of our lives as forces beyond our direct control have moved to make dark notes in our history," Sanwo-Olu said on Twitter, releasing pictures of him visiting hospitals in the early hours of Wednesday.

a group of people walking down the street: Witnesses said armed gunmen opened fire on a crowd of over 1,000 people to disperse them after a curfew was imposed to end spiralling protests over police brutality © Benson Ibeabuchi Witnesses said armed gunmen opened fire on a crowd of over 1,000 people to disperse them after a curfew was imposed to end spiralling protests over police brutality

"I recognise the buck stops at my table and I will work with the FG (federal government) to get to the root of this unfortunate incident," he added.

Nigeria’s Protests Over Police Torture and Killings Go Viral

  Nigeria’s Protests Over Police Torture and Killings Go Viral ABUJA, Nigeria—On October 3, a horrific video went viral on social media, which showed officers from Nigerian police force’s notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) dragging two young men from a hotel in Lagos and executing one of them in the street. The video was a tipping point for many Nigerians. For the past three weeks, tens of thousands across the country have taken to the streets calling for the scrapping of SARS. The government, after years of inaction on the violent unit, has finally been forced to disband it—but critics say the worst offenders are just being moved to different roles.Reports of brutality by SARS are common in Nigeria.

The brutal killing has shocked France. Tens of thousands of people took part in rallies across the country on Sunday to honour Mr A man named as 18-year-old Abdoulakh A was shot dead by police on Friday after killing Mr Paty close to his school in Protesters ' shot dead' in Nigeria 's biggest city.

Thousands have attended rallies across France in honour of Samuel Paty, the teacher beheaded after showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his pupils. People in the Place de la République in Paris carried the slogan "Je suis enseignant" (I am a teacher), with PM Jean Castex saying: "We are France!"

Amnesty International said several people were killed by security forces and that they were "working on verifying" the death toll.

- 'Completely panicked' -

The Nigerian army did not issue a direct statement, but labelled reports of soldiers shooting on protesters as "fake news" on Twitter.

Anger over abuses by the police's loathed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) erupted into widespread protests about two weeks ago, drawing thousands of people on to the streets.

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

Sanwo-Olu had announced an indefinite curfew from Tuesday afternoon across Africa's largest city after claiming the demonstrations had been hijacked by criminals.

The police chief also ordered anti-riot units to be deployed around the country

Pictures and videos showing scenes of chaos from the shooting were widely shared on social media.

Protest Erupts at Nigerian Ambassador's House in Maryland Over Killing of Protesters in Lagos

  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.

A protester in the French capital holds aloft a placard which reads 'they won't decapitate the Republic' in the wake of the brutal attack. The thousands of demonstrators in central Paris were joined by French Prime Minister Jean Castex (left), Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo (centre) and Paris deputy mayor

Anzorov was shot dead by police shortly after the attack close to the teacher's school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, north-west of the French capital. The brutal murder has shocked France. Beheading of teacher deepens divisions in France. Protesters ' shot dead' in Nigeria 's biggest city.

"5am. We're still getting calls from people from Lekki. All through the night. Some hiding near there, some hurt, some just completely panicked," Nigerian podcaster Feyikemi Abudu, who has been actively involved in the protests, said on Twitter.

a truck driving down a dirt road: Chaos in Nigeria as protests spiral © John OKUNYOMIH Chaos in Nigeria as protests spiral

US presidential candidate Joe Biden urged the president and military "to cease the violent crackdown on protesters in Nigeria, which has already resulted in several deaths."

a group of people standing around a fire: Police have ordered anti-riot units to be deployed around the country © Kola Sulaimon Police have ordered anti-riot units to be deployed around the country

"The United States must stand with Nigerians who are peacefully demonstrating for police reform and seeking an end to corruption in their democracy," Biden said in a statement.

"I encourage the government to engage in a good-faith dialogue with civil society to address these long-standing grievances and work together for a more just and inclusive Nigeria."

Protests have snowballed from anger over police violence to broader demands from the youth for sweeping changes in Africa's most populous nation.

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

Several celebrities who have supported the protesters have added their voices to calls for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.

Up until Tuesday some 18 people had died in the demonstrations as clashes were reported between protesters and assailants wearing civilian clothes.

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Police patrol Nigeria's Lagos after days of unrest .
Barricades and police checkpoints dotted the empty streets of Lagos Friday as authorities tried to restore order to Africa's biggest city, under curfew following days of violent unrest. Sporadic gunfire was heard Friday morning but the centre of Nigeria's economic hub appeared calmer by the afternoon, and Lagos governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced he was easing the curfew. From Saturday, he said, "people can go out between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm".Sporadic gunfire was heard Friday morning but the centre of Nigeria's economic hub appeared calmer by the afternoon, and Lagos governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced he was easing the curfew.

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