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World Unrest in Lagos after deadly Nigeria protest shooting

00:50  22 october  2020
00:50  22 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Buildings were torched in Nigeria 's biggest city Lagos on Wednesday as authorities shut down the economic hub, after the shooting of peaceful 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

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.

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 © Benson Ibeabuchi Anger over abuses by the police's loathed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) erupted into widespread protests

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.

smoke coming out of it: Lagos in shock after deadly shooting of protesters © Pierre FAVENNEC Lagos in shock after deadly shooting of protesters

Peaceful protesters had gathered despite a curfew imposed to end spiralling protests over police brutality and deep-rooted social grievances.

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image captionProtesters in Lagos built barricades, blocking roads in Nigeria 's commercial hub. A number of people have reportedly been shot dead or This is not the first time the Nigerian army has been accused of shooting unarmed protesters . There have been reports of violent crackdowns on

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"Evidence gathered from eyewitnesses, video footage and hospital reports confirm that between 6:45pm (1745 GMT) and 9:00pm (2000 GMT) on Tuesday 20 October, the Nigerian military opened fire on thousands of people," Amnesty said in a statement.

a large long train on a track with smoke coming out of the water: A building burns near the Lekki toll gate, epicentre of the Lagos protests © SOPHIE BOUILLON A building burns near the Lekki toll gate, epicentre of the Lagos protests

The Lagos governor at first insisted no fatalities had been recorded but later said the authorities were investigating the death of one person resulting from "blunt force trauma to the head".

He said at least 25 people were wounded.

Demonstrator Paul Sunday who was at the scene told AFP that the men who shot at the crowd were wearing masks and had army uniforms.

"They attacked us from back and front," he said. "They came around 7pm when everywhere is dark."

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.

Buildings were torched in Nigeria 's biggest city Lagos on Wednesday as authorities shut down the economic hub after the shooting of peaceful 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

Anger and shock after men in camouflage open fire on those protesting at Lagos ' Lekki toll gate. By the time the shooting subsided, witnesses say a dozen or so protesters were lying dead. Photos shared on social media show some bodies were covered in bloodied Nigerian flags.

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

The shooting drew international condemnation, with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet saying reports suggested it could have been premeditated.

Map of Lagos © Gillian HANDYSIDE Map of Lagos

"There is little doubt that this was a case of excessive use of force, resulting in unlawful killings with live ammunition, by Nigerian armed forces," she said.

a group of people around each other: In South Africa, the continent's other economic powerhouse, hundreds of people took to the streets on Wednesday to voice their outrage at the shooting © Phill Magakoe In South Africa, the continent's other economic powerhouse, hundreds of people took to the streets on Wednesday to voice their outrage at the shooting

"Reports that CCTV cameras and lighting were deliberately disabled prior to the shooting are even more disturbing as, if confirmed, they suggest this deplorable attack on peaceful protestors was premeditated, planned and coordinated."

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Buildings were torched in Nigeria 's biggest city Lagos on Wednesday as authorities shut down the economic hub, after the shooting of peaceful 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

Nigeria : security forces in Lagos open fire on protesters fighting against police brutality – video. Lagos state government said it would open an investigation into the shooting , which witnesses said took place around 7pm. Fears had grown of increased unrest after a curfew was imposed by Lagos ’s

Human Rights Watch corroborated reports that the Nigerian army had opened fire on the crowd in "a shooting spree".

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: At least 56 people have died across Nigeria since protests began on October 8, with about 38 killed on Tuesday alone, according to Amnesty International © PIUS UTOMI EKPEI At least 56 people have died across Nigeria since protests began on October 8, with about 38 killed on Tuesday alone, according to Amnesty International

"The authorities should immediately withdraw the military from the streets," said Anietie Ewang, a Nigeria researcher with the rights group.

The Nigerian army did not respond to AFP's requests for comment but on Twitter it called reports of soldiers firing on protesters "fake news".

The west African ECOWAS bloc appealed to the Nigerian government, its youth and civil society "to urgently pursue dialogue for an early and amicable resolution of this social unrest and maintain the Nigerian image as a bastion of law and order."

Nana Akufo-Addo, chairman of ECOWAS and president of neighbouring Ghana, said in a statement that he had spoken with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who had "begun the processes that will lead to reform".

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  AU slams Nigeria violence, governor says army ‘offers to deploy’ AU Commission Chairman Mahamat denounces the clashes emerged from anti-police protests, without specifying any sides.In a statement on Thursday, AU commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat said he “strongly condemns the violence that erupted on 20 October 2020 during protests in Lagos, Nigeria that has resulted in multiple deaths and injuries”.

- 'Inferno' -

The centre of Lagos, a sprawling city that is home to 20 million people, was largely deserted and shops were closed on Wednesday under a curfew.

An AFP journalist said several buildings were burnt around the area of the shooting and remnants of the violence -- broken glass, torn banners -- could be seen.

A few people were drifting around, but protest hotspot Lekki Toll Gate had emptied out, only graffiti denouncing police violence and bad governance remaining.

A dozen soldiers and heavily armed police officers patrolled nearby.

In another district a bus station was set ablaze and there were sporadic clashes between bottle-throwing youths and police, who occasionally fired into the air.

A TV station linked to one of the ruling party's most powerful politicians was also torched.

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.

"It is of paramount importance that first responders and ambulances are respected by all, so they can reach injured people safely," said Eloi Fillion, head of the ICRC delegation in Nigeria.

In a television broadcast, Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu ordered all "state activities" to be halted across the city for three days.

Police patrol Nigeria's Lagos after president warns protesters

  Police patrol Nigeria's Lagos after president warns protesters Sporadic gunshots were heard in Lagos on Friday as security forces patrolled Nigeria's biggest city after days of unrest following the shooting of protesters that sparked condemnation at home and abroad. Anger spread further after pictures and videos on social media showed security forces shooting on a peaceful crowd of around 1,000 protesters on Tuesday.President Muhammadu Buhari warned demonstrators in a televised address on Thursday not to "undermine national security" as he called for an end to widespread protests gripping Africa's most populous country.

He said he had asked for a probe into "the rules of engagement employed by the men of the Nigerian army that were deployed" at the scene during the shooting on Tuesday.

"Soldiers clearly had one intention - to kill without consequences," said Osai Ojigho, Country Director of Amnesty International Nigeria.

- 'Indefinite curfew' -

At least 56 people have died across the country since the protests began on October 8, with about 38 killed on Tuesday alone, according to Amnesty.

President Buhari was yet to directly address Tuesday's incident but in a statement on the protests the presidency said he had appealed for "understanding and calm across the nation".

A coalition of civil society organisations in Nigeria said on Wednesday that they were "deeply shocked by the killing of peaceful protesters".

"The attempt to fight for justice over police brutality has again revealed the brutal nature of the Nigerian state," it said in a statement.

According to the group, "not less than 40 Nigerians have lost their lives as a result of violent attempts to crack down or disrupt the ongoing protests against police brutality."

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

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Wednesday he was "deeply concerned" by violence in Nigeria.

"The Nigerian government must urgently investigate reports of brutality at the hands of the security forces and hold those responsible to account," he said in a statement.

Since Tuesday, Rihanna, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Ugandan pop star-turned politician Bobi Wine and Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo added their names to a list of celebrities who have supported the protesters.

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