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Canada Nigeria. After a “bloody Tuesday” in Lagos, the situation is still very tense

18:15  21 october  2020
18:15  21 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Nigeria woke up in shock on Wednesday (October 21), the day after an attack on peaceful protesters by armed forces in Lagos, which left at least 25 injured and several dead.

In Nigeria , the situation remained very tense in the capital Lagos where many buildings were set on fire on Wednesday, October 21, the day after the bloody repression of a peaceful demonstration with a controversial record.

Despite the total curfew imposed by the authorities, the headquarters of a television station, known for its links to a prominent politician in the ruling party, was set on fire on Wednesday by thugs, along with a major station bus station and many other private and public buildings.

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Several shots fired by the security forces were heard in different parts of the city, according to witnesses.

Nigeria stunned by violence

The country remains stunned by the violence of "this bloody Tuesday", as headlines several local press headlines, and, on social networks, calls for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari, carried in particular by Nigerian music star Davido and his millions of subscribers were multiplying.

"Mr. Buhari you are a failure!" Old and incompetent! We don't want you, your vice president and your police chief! Resign ", tweeted the other big Nigerian music star Wizkid.

For nearly two weeks, thousands of young people have been pounding the pavement in the big cities of Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa and the continent's leading economic power, against the central power.

"It was violent, it was terrible": the "bloody Tuesday" in Lagos

 © SOPHIE BOUILLON The damage to the toll booth in Lagos, October 21, 2020 the day after the repression by the police against demonstrators From the celebrations and gatherings of the last few days, all that remains is broken glass and graffiti to denounce the police violence and demand "better governance" in Nigeria. On Wednesday, the day after the Lekki toll slaughter in Lagos, there were only ghosts left. About twenty soldiers and police regained control of the premises.

At least 18 people, including two police officers, died in the marches, which had until recently been largely peaceful.

A toll which could increase

But this toll could increase considerably in the coming hours, while on Tuesday evening, more than 1,000 demonstrators gathered peacefully on a toll in Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria, were dispersed by live ammunition. Armed forces opened fire on the crowd, who had defied the total curfew imposed on Lagos earlier in the afternoon.

According to witnesses and the NGO Amnesty International, "several people" were killed, but it was not yet possible to confirm their exact number.

The European Union (EU) and UN condemned the violence, the EU deeming "crucial that those responsible for these abuses be brought to justice and held to account", the UN calling for "an end to police brutality and abuse in Nigeria" .

According to the Governor of Lagos State, who announced that 25 protesters were injured and taken to hospital, one person died "due to head trauma" . He had previously claimed that the attack left "no deaths" , before retracting.

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These are "elements of the Nigerian army that were deployed to Lekki" , also accused the governor in his first statement, saying that an investigation had been opened.

Army denies behind shooting

Nigeria's military, when contacted, had yet to respond on Wednesday. But on Twitter, she denied being behind the shooting, posting screenshots of articles accusing the military of being responsible marked "Fake News".

On Tuesday, police announced the immediate nationwide deployment of their riot unit as protests in several cities escalated. In Lekki, where the incidents took place, protests have always been peaceful.

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

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