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World Protest Erupts at Nigerian Ambassador's House in Maryland Over Killing of Protesters in Lagos

07:50  21 october  2020
07:50  21 october  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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The protests have been against the notorious Sars police unit, now dissolved but accused of scores of extra-judicial killings . More broadly the protests have been against systemic abuse by Nigerian police forces. Early in the protests , police fired on protesters in the Surulere area of Lagos and elsewhere.

Demonstrators gesture during a protest over alleged police brutality in Lagos . © Reuters / Temilade Adelaja. Soldiers have reportedly opened fire at people protesting against police brutality in Lagos , Nigeria , shortly after a 24-hour curfew was imposed in the city over the escalating demonstrations.

After soldiers in Lagos, Nigeria reportedly opened fire on a demonstration against police brutality on Tuesday, protesters arrived at the U.S. Nigerian ambassador's residence calling for justice.

a group of people in a garden: Individuals protesting against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria blocked some thoroughfares on Tuesday. © Benson Ibeabuchi/AFP/Getty Individuals protesting against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria blocked some thoroughfares on Tuesday.

Protests began in October in Lagos against the special police force known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). According to Amnesty International, SARS is "notorious for the widespread torture and other ill-treatment of Nigerians." Tuesday's shootings occurred in the Lekki district of Lagos, the largest city in Africa. While a confirmed number of casualties has yet to be released, witnesses at the scene told Reuters that at least two people had been struck by gunfire.

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The governor of Nigeria ' s commercial hub, Lagos , has announced a 24-hour Lagos has seen some of the largest of the recent wave of protests in Nigeria spearheaded by young people. Peaceful protesters have feared that their cause could be hijacked by more violent elements, the BBC' s Nduka

Some protesters on Tuesday stormed the Lagos State House of Assembly to express their displeasure over the killing of Nigerians in South Africa. News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protesters stormed the gate of the assembly at about 6p.m. The protesters carried placards with

Nigerians gathered in front of the Maryland home of Sylvanius Adiewere Nsofor Nigeria's Ambassador to the U.S. Tuesday to protest the violence. Video posted on social media showed the crowd and one voice can be heard to say, "My son is never coming back. My son is dead."

This video contains strong language which may be deemed objectionable by some readers. Discretion is advised.

Amnesty International Nigeria tweeted that it had received "credible but disturbing evidence of excessive use of force occasioning deaths of protestors" in the Lagos protests on Tuesday.

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  With Instagram, hashtags and bitcoin, young Nigerians boost anti-police protests With Instagram, hashtags and bitcoin, young Nigerians boost anti-police protestsLAGOS (Reuters) - Ozioma Egemasi says Nigerian police slapped, whipped and struck him with the butt of a pistol when he refused to pay them a bribe. Then he heard them discuss whether to kill him.

Nigerians have been protesting for years against police brutality, so why did this Over the last two weeks, an outpouring of support for Nigerian protesters has played out on Twitter, with Accusations of Sars officers robbing, attacking and even killing people go back years but a new wave of protest

the streets of Lagos in protest against incessant killings by insurgents in the country. A Nigerian newspaper and Online version of the Vanguard, a daily publication in Nigeria covering (PAC), started the protest from Maryland Bus-Stop, through Obafemi Awolowo Way to the Lagos State Also speaking, Mr Yinka Quadri, said it was “unimaginable and unacceptable” the killing of over 100

Newsweek reached out to the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Washington, D.C. for comment.

Calls for the disbanding of SARS begin in 2018 after Nigerians reported they had been harassed by the squad. Allegedly, some SARS members have engaged in extortion and jailing individuals who could not give them any money. In October, a video surfaced on social media which purported to show an individual being beaten by SARS officers.

In October, the office of the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, said that SARS had been "dissolved with immediate effect" and that members of the squad would be redeployed. Despite that announcement, protests continued as people called for an end to brutality throughout the police force. On Tuesday, public officials called a 24-hour curfew on Lagos in an attempt to quell the protests.

Violence against protesters led some U.S. celebrities to voice their support for the demonstrators on social media using the hashtag #EndSARS.

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  Nigeria's Lagos under 24-hour lockdown after protesters fired on Nigeria's Lagos under 24-hour lockdown after protesters fired onLAGOS (Reuters) - Lagos was under lockdown on Wednesday as a heavy police presence enforced a round-the-clock curfew, hours after soldiers opened fire on protesters in Nigeria's biggest city, witnesses said.

Despite Ban, Abuja EndSARS Protesters Shut Down Federal Secretariat / EndSARS: Gridlock In Lagos As Youths protesting against police brutality and bad governance in Nigeria have blocked entrances into the Lagos Of a truth, Thugs and irresponsible fellows are fast taking over this protest .

In Lagos , the protesters are expected to march from National Stadium in Surulere to the National Theatre, Iganmu, a distance of about four kilometres. Abuja protest : Aisha Yesufu is leading the march as protesters sing solidarity songs. Protesters chant “By struggle freedom comes, by struggle”.

"Standing with & praying for the brave young people of Nigeria who are on the front lines of this senseless violence," performer Nicki Minaj tweeted Tuesday. "Your voice is being heard."

"I'm calling on @mbuhari and the @hqnigerianarmy to stop killing young #EndSARS protesters," tweeted Hillary Clinton.

On Monday, protesters overran a prison in Southern Nigeria and set the prisoners free. According to tweets from the Nigeria Police Force, protesters carried weapons and munitions away from the prison's armory. Some sections of the prison were set on fire.

After the prison break, Nigerian Correctional Service public relations officer DCC AC Njoku said in a Monday statement that Buhari's administration would "leave no stone unturned in ensuring adequate dispensation of justice for all."

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Nigeria's megacity Lagos reopens as curfew relaxed after protest shootings unrest .
Nigeria's megacity Lagos reopens as curfew relaxed after protest shootings unrestLAGOS (Reuters) - Workers began a clean up of the streets of Lagos on Saturday after the relaxation of a round-the-clock curfew after days of unrest sparked by the shooting of protesters demonstrating against police brutality in Nigeria.

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