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World Police patrol Nigeria's Lagos after president warns protesters

14:46  23 october  2020
14:46  23 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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.

Sporadic shooting has been reported in Lagos as the president of Nigeria appealed for calm hours after protesters against police brutality were reported to have been shot dead by security forces in the centre of the city. MuhammaduBuhari did not directly address the shootings, but called on Nigerians

Nigeria ' s anti- police brutality protests bring Lagos to standstill. Read more. Outrage at police abuses reached a tipping point after footage posted online in early October showed Sars officers dragging a man from a hotel in Lagos before shooting him in the street.

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.

a car parked on the side of a building: State buildings have been torched, banks and shops destroyed and food shops looted in the Nigerian unrest © Sophie BOUILLON State buildings have been torched, banks and shops destroyed and food shops looted in the Nigerian unrest

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.

a group of people standing in a parking lot: Nigeria, where many live in extreme poverty and where the median age is 18, is a tinderbox of economic and social grievances © Sophie BOUILLON Nigeria, where many live in extreme poverty and where the median age is 18, is a tinderbox of economic and social grievances

The 77-year-old leader was speaking for the first time since the shooting in Lagos on Tuesday, although he did not directly address the incident.

Gunmen fire on Nigeria protesters as indefinite curfew imposed

  Gunmen fire on Nigeria protesters as indefinite curfew imposed Armed men opened fire on a crowd of more than a thousand people in Nigeria's main city Lagos on Tuesday, four witnesses said, as rallies against bad governance showed no sign of abating. It was unclear who shot at protesters who defied an indefinite curfew imposed hours earlier as city officials claimed the youth-led protests that began 12 days ago had been hijacked by criminals. Scenes of protesters removing a bullet from someone's wound andIt was unclear who shot at protesters who defied an indefinite curfew imposed hours earlier as city officials claimed the youth-led protests that began 12 days ago had been hijacked by criminals.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari called for an end to mass protests against police brutality 5 have spread to about half of Nigeria ’ s 36 states, posing the most serious challenge yet to Buhari’s The streets of Lagos and Abuja, the capital, were largely devoid of protesters on Thursday, and

Nigeria ' s President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed for "understanding and calm" after protests against police brutality in Lagos turned bloody on Tuesday and Wednesday, with eyewitnesses and Amnesty International telling CNN that multiple demonstrators had been shot dead at Lekki toll gate

a man wearing a hat: Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has not directly addressed the shooting of peaceful protesters © Kola Sulaimon Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has not directly addressed the shooting of peaceful protesters

He appealed to the youth to "resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos".

"For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated," Buhari said.

- 'Please stay indoors' -

Nigeria, where many live in extreme poverty and where the median age is 18, is a tinderbox of economic and social grievances.

"Police officers are currently patrolling major parts of the city to ensure the safety of residents. Please stay indoors," Lagos State Police Command said on Friday.

Protests against police abuse erupted on October 8 after a video of an officer allegedly killing a civilian went viral.

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.

Nigeria puts curfew in Lagos against anti- police protests . Young Nigerians will no longer be In a statement that did not refer directly to the shooting, Nigeria ’ s president , Muhammadu Buhari Protests continued across Nigeria on Wednesday, with reports of further gunfire in Lagos and rallies

Read more: Could Nigeria ' s #EndSARS protests grow into a movement? DW's Fanny Facsar reported that the Lagos State governor had brought in the 24-hour Following the unrest, Nigeria ' s police chief on Tuesday ordered the nationwide deployment of riot police as the protests spiraled out of control.

Despite the disbanding of the police unit accused of brutality, the federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), protests spread and violence escalated.

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.

Amnesty International said 12 people were killed in the incident, with a total of 56 people dead in the unrest across the country.

a store front at day: Looting in Lagos after shooting of protesters © Pierre FAVENNEC Looting in Lagos after shooting of protesters

- 'Rushing to judgement' -

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for an immediate investigation into violence by security forces, which has also triggered condemnation by the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union and others.

map: Lagos protests © Gillian HANDYSIDE Lagos protests

Nigeria's president shrugged off the international concern.

"We thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgement and making hasty pronouncements," Buhari 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. 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.

Earlier, Nigeria ' s vice- president promised justice for victims shot during protests against police brutality. Lagos and other parts of Nigeria have seen buildings torched, shopping centres looted and prisons attacked since the shooting. The state government in Lagos imposed an indefinite

Lagos , Nigeria (CNN) Several people including a police officer were killed in clashes between Shiite protesters and the police in Nigeria ' s capital Abuja on Monday, police and a Shiite cleric told CNN. Police fired tear gas and opened fire on members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN)

The spreading of "deliberate falsehood and misinformation, in particular through social media" was, he said, "a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behaviour."

After the president's speech, a key protest group told its followers to "stay home" but many made it clear that the movement would continue.

"The past two weeks have been tough for many Nigerians, most specifically the last two days," the Feminist Coalition said in a statement.

"We hereby encourage all young Nigerians to stay safe, stay home, and observe the mandated curfew in your state."

Others in the youth-led movement insist that the demonstrations will continue.

"Everybody, get your PVC (electoral card) ready," tweeted Afrobeats star Davido.

"This was just practice. We go again! Now we must deploy our unity and experiences in every sector to design the country that we want," said Adetola 'Tola' Onayemi, a lawyer involved in the protest movement.

Meanwhile, the governor of Lagos, who imposed a round-the-clock curfew on the deadly shooting, published on Friday a list of 21 cases of policemen being prosecuted "for offences related to the violation of human rights in Lagos".

"We are working to stabilise things across the state as we look to rebuild," the governor said on Thursday.

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