Offbeat Protests in Nigeria: Police want to take back "control of public space"

17:20  25 october  2020
17:20  25 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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As protests sweep across Nigeria in response to police brutality, some protesters have turned to Bitcoin to provide medical care, legal aid and funeral funds to demonstrators, Dr. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Nigeria, Lagos le 21 octobre 2020: les manifestants occupant la rue (illustration). © UnEarthical / via REUTERS Nigeria, Lagos October 21, 2020: protesters occupying the street (illustration).

The situation is still explosive in several other regions of Nigeria where local governors are taking measures, in dispersed order, to try to stifle the popular revolt movement triggered by the intervention of the army, Tuesday evening October 20, against a peaceful youth rally in Lagos. The Inspector General of Police issued a statement by his spokesperson on Saturday 24 October in which he seriously raised his voice.

With our correspondent in Abuja, Liza Fabbian

After several days of riots and looting, the Nigerian police intend to "take back control of public space" once and for all.

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

 Nigeria. After a “bloody Tuesday” in Lagos, the situation is still very tense © BENSON IBEABUCHI / AFP Demonstrators march in Alausa, after the governor of Lagos State, Sanwo Olu, declared a curfew of 24 hours in the Nigerian economic center of Lagos. 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.

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) A controversial Nigerian police unit accused of brutality will be disbanded, following nationwide protests demanding an end Five others were also injured in the state and taken to hospital, according to the governor. Protesters in Nigeria 's capital Abuja also reported that police

Protests over a now-disbanded police unit - the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars) - have been taking place for two weeks, with demonstrators using the social media hashtag #EndSars to rally crowds. As tensions continued to rise on Wednesday, police in different districts of Lagos fired shots

Its leader, Inspector General Mohammed Adamu, announced a mobilization of all police units, which were ordered to use "all possible means to stop this slide into anarchy and brigandage".

In several cities of Nigeria, popular revolt has turned into food riots in recent days. On Saturday, thousands of people methodically looted and boned a huge shed containing food aid in the town of Jos. Similar scenes unfolded in several other Nigerian towns.

The population accuses the authorities of having stolen this aid intended, originally, for vulnerable families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and which would never have been distributed, while the prices of food have exploded. month.

In the megalopolis of Lagos, where a return to normal is gradually being observed despite extensive damage, the authorities have announced that they have arrested 229 suspected thugs.

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