World Outrage in Nigeria after peaceful protesters shot at: Live news

19:12  21 october  2020
19:12  21 october  2020 Source:   aljazeera.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.

Protesters who briefly gathered again at the Lekki toll gate - where Tuesday's shootings took It was a bleak night in Nigeria as social media footage from the shooting poured in, showing But seeing live rounds used at one of the protest sites that had been peaceful until last night has rattled many.

There was shock in Nigeria after peaceful protesters were shot at , which has left at least 25 wounded. Pic: Ademola Olaniran/Lagos State Government/ Handout via Reuters. An AFP journalist claims sporadic gunshots could be still heard in Lagos on Wednesday morning.

a group of people posing for the camera: People demonstrate on the street to protest against police brutality, in Lagos, Nigeria [Sunday Alamba/AP] © People demonstrate on the street to protest against police brutality, in Lagos, Nigeria [Sunday Alam... People demonstrate on the street to protest against police brutality, in Lagos, Nigeria [Sunday Alamba/AP]
  • Unrest spread in Lagos on Wednesday, a day after witnesses and rights groups said army soldiers opened fire on a crowd of peaceful protesters defying a curfew during demonstrations against police brutality in Nigeria’s largest city.
  • Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said one person has died at a hospital following the shooting, but it was unclear if the person was a protester. He said 30 people were injured.
  • Amnesty International said it was investigating “credible but disturbing evidence of excessive use of force occasioning deaths of protesters” at the Lekki toll plaza in Lagos.
  • Videos showed men in uniform opening fire on demonstrators in Lagos. Nigeria’s military, however, denied responsibility for the Lekki shootings, posting a tweet that labelled several reports as fake news.

Here are the latest updates:

Attacks against Nigeria protesters 'escalating'

  Attacks against Nigeria protesters 'escalating' Protesters at the offices of the central bank are wounded after being attacked, rights group says.Armed thugs had attacked protesters at the headquarters of the central bank in the capital, Abuja, it said.

The army has dismissed reports that protesters were shot dead as "fake news ." The Nigerian Army and police did not return requests for comment. Eyewitnesses told CNN shots rang out during a peaceful protest at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos as activists chanted the national anthem and asked

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14:00 GMT – Authorities turned peaceful protest into shooting spree: HRW

Human Rights Watch has called on authorities to withdraw soldiers from the streets and hold accountable those responsible for using forces against peaceful demonstrations.

“Nigerian authorities turned a peaceful protest against police brutality into a shooting spree, showing the ugly depths they are willing to go to suppress the voices of citizens,” Anietie Ewang, Nigeria researcher at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.

“The authorities should immediately withdraw the military from the streets, and identify and prosecute officers responsible for or complicit in any excessive use of force against peaceful protesters.”

13:45 – Lagos governor says he ordered probe into army actions

In a televised address, the Lagos governor said he has ordered an investigation into the actions of the military at Lekki plaza, suggesting the army may be responsible for the shooting.

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.

LAGOS, Nigeria — Nigerian security forces opened fire Tuesday night at a demonstration in Lagos After news reports early Tuesday that police had killed two or more people in Lagos, the Protesters in Nigeria , the most populous country in Africa, have been demanding that the government disband a

erupted after the shooting of peaceful protesters in which Amnesty International said security forces Lagos, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Oct, 2020 ) :Buildings in Nigeria 's main city hundreds of people took to the streets on Wednesday to voice their outrage at the shooting . The Lagos governor at first insisted no fatalities had been recorded but later said the authorities were

“This is with a view to taking this up with a higher command of the military and to seek the intervention of Mr. President in his capacity as a commander in chief to unravel the sequence of events that happened yesterday night,” he said.

13:37 GMT –  UN chief calls for end to police brutality

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for an end to what he called “brutality” by police in Nigeria.

In a statement, Guterres’s spokesman said the UN chief “urges the security forces to act at all times with maximum restraint while calling on protestors to demonstrate peacefully and to refrain from violence”.

13:30 GMT – Top EU envoy condemns Nigeria protest killings

The European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has condemned the killing of protesters and has called for justice.

“It is alarming to learn that several people have been killed and injured during the ongoing protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Nigeria,” he said.

“It is crucial that those responsible of abuses be brought to justice and held accountable.”

13:15 GMT – Nigerian TV station torched in Lagos: Director

A major Nigerian TV station linked to one of the ruling party’s top politicians has been set ablaze.

TVC managing director Andrew Hanlon told AFP news agency that “hoodlums” had attacked the station with petrol bombs and that its main building was an “inferno”.

#EndSARS isn’t just about police brutality. It’s about the future of Nigeria. .
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