Nigerian soldiers fire at protesters, at least two hit

Nigerian soldiers fire at protesters, at least two hit

Beyonce's post came barely a day after soldiers open fire on #EndSARS protesters who had gathered at the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos State.

Tori be say Nigerians no look goment face still continue di #EndSARS protests for Lagos even afta di 24 hour curfew wey goment declare to start from 4pm on Tuesday (wey di Lagos Govnor later shift to start by 9pm).

Nigerians are reeling from the video from Tuesday night at the Lekki toll plaza in which protesters could be heard singing the national anthem in the darkness.

"I want them to please use their voice and their platform right now because this same country that birthed this genre is on fire right now".

This comes barely a day after the USA shut down its Lagos consulate, following the outbreak of violence from the #EndSARS protests in major parts of the country including Lagos State and the FCT.

A general view of a building on fire near the Lekki-Ikoyi Toll Gate in Lagos on October 21, 2020, after a deadly shooting of peaceful protesters in Lagos that Amnesty International blamed on security forces.

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has reacted over a series of attacks on personal and public properties in the last 24 hours in the state, saying it grieved his heart to behold the destroyed properties. Amnesty International said at least 15 people had been killed since the protests began.

The Lagos governor at first insisted no fatalities had been recorded but later said the authorities were investigating the death of one person resulting from "blunt force trauma to the head". A spokesman for the governor, Gboyega Akosile, said on Twitter that the Lagos state government has ordered an investigation into the incident.

The hashtag #EndSARS went global on social media earlier this month after a video of a man allegedly killed by police sparked protests. He saw two people being shot. CCTV cameras were reportedly also removed, according to protesters.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for an end to police "brutality" after weeks of protests which culminated with demonstrators being shot by unidentified gunmen. At the sound of the shots, some protesters could be seen running away, though it wasn't clear if the crowd was sacked upon.

The statement further read, "Witnesses at the Lekki protest grounds told Amnesty worldwide that soldiers arrived at about 6:45pm local time on Tuesday evening, and opened fire on #EndSARS protesters without warning". Nigerian officials have not announced if there were casualties from the prison break.

The government announced the scrapping of the SARS and a raft of reforms to the police in an effort to placate the protesters.

The Inspector-General of Police said it was deploying anti-riot police across Nigeria, which is Africa's most populous nation, and ordered forces to strengthen security around correctional facilities.

Authorities said almost 2,000 inmates broke out of jail after crowds attacked two correctional facilities on Monday.

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