#EndSars: Protests: aftermath of Lekki Mayhem

There were pockets of violent clashes after yesterday’s attack as demonstration and protestors claim the army opened fire ‘to kill’.

Buildings have been set aflame and there are reports of gunfire in Lagos after demonstrators were shot at a protest. On Wednesday several public and private places were torched. Buildings were set ablaze across Lagos and police put up roadblocks. A major Nigerian TV station with links to the ruling party leader was on fire after people attacked it with petrol bombs. Others were     Police station, school and residential buildings.

Rights group Amnesty International said at least 12 people were killed by soldiers and police in Lagos on Tuesday.Nigeria’s army dismissed the reports as “fake news” in a post on Twitter. Authorities have imposed an indefinite round-the-clock curfew on the city and elsewhere, but some defied the order.

It would be recalled that protests against an ad hoc police unit have been taking place for two weeks. Demonstrators have been using the social media hashtag #EndSars to rally crowds against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars).

President Muhammadu Buhari disbanded Sars on 11 October. But protests have continued, with demands for more changes in the security forces, as well as reforms to the way the country is run.

 

 

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