Sports Nigeria: after a “bloody Tuesday”, violence continues in Lagos

20:15  21 october  2020
20:15  21 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Des blessés à l'hopital de Lagos lors de la visite du gouverneur de l'État, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Le 21 octobre 2020. © Ademola Olaniran / Lagos State Government / Handout via REUTERS Injured at Lagos hospital during the visit of the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. October 21, 2020.

Nigeria wakes up in shock, the day after a "Black Tuesday", "a bloody Tuesday", as the newspapers headline, marked by an eruption of violence across the country and particularly in the megalopolis of Lagos. In this big city, the security forces brutally dispersed the young people demonstrating against the police violence, killing several people according to Amnesty International.

With our correspondent in Abuja, Liza Fabbia n

Many inhabitants are sealed off at home in Lagos, city - and state - of 20 million inhabitants where the curfew, in force since Tuesday evening, has just been extended for 72 hours. This Wednesday, looting and fires are reported in several neighborhoods, where many streets are blocked by makeshift roadblocks erected by angry gangs.

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 Nigeria: new demonstrations despite warnings from the army © PIUS UTOMI EKPEI Nigerian demonstrators mobilized against police violence in Lagos on October 15, 2020 "Do not be intimidated": Nigerian youth continued Thursday to march against police violence in several major cities across the country, despite an army warning and new incidents. There were still thousands in Lagos, a sprawling city of 20 million inhabitants, walking, singing and dancing in different neighborhoods, still blocking the main roads.

Banks and a toll booth were also set on fire in the business districts, near the place where the security forces intervened on Tuesday evening to disperse, with live ammunition, the demonstrators who had occupied a major axis for more than a week . The latter were protesting against police brutality and demonstrating for good governance in their country.

Several buses were also set on fire at a bus station in the north of the city on Wednesday, the premises of a local television set went up in smoke and men targeted the palace of a traditional Lagos chief, in the heart of the city. city.

There are also reports of sporadic police shootings in other areas of the megalopolis, supposedly to enforce the curfew in force since Tuesday.

Five states under curfew

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.

But it's not just in Lagos that the situation is volatile. Now, five of the 36 Nigerian states in the country are under curfew. This did not prevent some protesters from taking to the streets again on Wednesday, especially in Edo State, where the curfew has been extended indefinitely.

The situation has indeed been extremely tense since Monday in this state, where nearly 2,000 detainees were released by gangs of thugs, according to the authorities.

The governor of Edo State said anyone who comes out on the streets should face riot police, who were deployed across Nigeria on Wednesday evening.

Despite this outbreak of violence, President Muhammadu Buhari has still not spoken publicly. Among the political reactions, we note that of the governor of Lagos, who spoke and broadcast photos of his visit to a hospital in the city. He confirmed the death of one person and officially reported about 20 injured. "It is the most difficult night of our lives," said Babajide Sanwo-Olu, "forces over which we have no control have darkened our history."

Nigeria: precarious situation in Lagos two days after the bloody repression

 Nigeria: precarious situation in Lagos two days after the bloody repression © Provided by Le Point Central prison burned down, gunfire, deserted streets: the situation remained precarious Thursday in Lagos under curfew, two days after the bloody repression peaceful protests in the Nigerian megalopolis. Since the Nigerian youth protests against police violence began two weeks ago, at least 56 people have died in the protests, according to Amnesty International .

Joe Biden's appeal

The governor said an investigation will be launched following Tuesday night's shooting at the Lekki toll booth, which took place two hours before the official start of the curfew in Lagos.

As for the army officials, they refuse to comment on any intervention on their part in the megalopolis, despite numerous videos showing the soldiers in action near the place of assembly plunged a few minutes before in total darkness.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden issued a statement on Wednesday asking "President Buhari and the Nigerian army to end its crackdown on protesters in Nigeria, which has already caused many deaths."

At least 18 people, including two police officers, have died since the start of the peaceful Nigerian youth movement, which eventually descended into chaos.

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