World Nigeria in shock after a "bloody Tuesday" in Lagos
Nigeria's anti-police protesters storm prison, free inmates
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's protests against police brutality turned violent Monday when a crowd stormed a prison and freed inmates in Benin City in southern Nigeria. Some prisoners jumped from a high fence of the institution while others were seen running away on the street, according to videos from the scene. Local media reports say as many as 200 prisoners may have escaped. Nigerian officials have not announced if there were casualties from the prison break.Protesters also attacked police stations and police trucks in other parts of the country.
Nigeria woke up on Wednesday morning in shock the day after an attack on peaceful demonstrators by armed forces in Lagos which took left at least 25 injured and several dead.
"Black Tuesday", "Bloody Tuesday" posted the headlines of several Nigerian press titles and, on social networks, calls for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari, carried in particular by the Nigerian music star Davido and his millions of people. 'subscribers, multiplied.
More than 1,000 demonstrators gathered peacefully on a toll in Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria, were dispersed Tuesday evening by live ammunition, after the entry into force of a total curfew imposed to put down the protest movement popular who won the country for more than 10 days.
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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is facing widespread calls to resign after several protesters were reportedly shot dead by the Nigerian military in the Lekki district of Lagos.In a statement, the former vice president called for the Nigerian government to "engage in a good-faith dialogue with civil society" and address "longstanding grievances" at the root of the #EndSars protests.
Gunshots were heard around the toll gate late at night and until Wednesday morning by an AFP journalist, while the business districts of the Lagos Islands were completely empty, and all shops closed.
Several demonstrators were killed on Tuesday evening, the NGO Amnesty International told AFP on Tuesday evening, which was still trying "to determine their exact number".
25 wounded are currently treated in three hospitals in the city, said the governor of the State of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, specifying to have visited them in the morning.
"The responsibility for this unfortunate incident lies with me and and I will work with the federal government to define what happened," he tweeted on Wednesday claiming that the crackdown has "escaped his + control ".
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.
The Nigerian military has denied on Twitter that it was behind the shooting, but videos widely shared on social media show men in military uniform firing live ammunition.Joe Biden and Rihanna
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, the demonstrations have always been peaceful.
On Wednesday morning, indignation reached the web, far beyond the borders of Nigeria.
US presidential candidate Joe Biden called on "President Buhari and the Nigerian military to end the violent crackdown on protesters in Nigeria, which has already claimed several lives," in a post on his website.
"The United States must stand alongside Nigerians demonstrating peacefully for police reform and an end to corruption in their democracy," he added.
"I can't stand to see the torture and brutality that continues to plague our nations," American superstar Rihanna wrote on Twitter. "My heart is broken for Nigeria (...) I am so proud of your strength and for not giving up your fight for what is right", added the singer, to her nearly 100 million subscribers.
This unprecedented mobilization in Nigeria was born in early October on social networks to denounce police violence and has gradually turned into a movement against the power in place and bad governance.
At least 18 people, including two policemen, have died on these marches since the start of the movement.
21/10/2020 11:21:05 - Lagos (AFP) - © 2020 AFP
Hearings begin into killings of Nigerian protesters .
A week after the killing of activists protesting police brutality in Nigeria's largest city, a Lagos state government judicial panel began hearings into the violence on Tuesday. © Adetona Omokanye/Getty Images LAGOS, NIGERIA - OCTOBER 20: Demonstrators protest police brutality at the Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020 in Lagos, Nigeria. The Nigerian government had imposed a 24-hour curfew to tamp down on sustained protests against the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a police division accused of abuse, extortion and extra-judicial killings.