12 SHOT DEAD by Police as #ENDSARS Protest Turns Bloody

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The governor of Nigeria’s Lagos state says one person has died in an incident on Tuesday night, and that soldiers have fired a group of anti-police brutality protesters. Yet, according to The Times, at least 12 people was shot to death until today.

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu tweeted that the person was shot to death at the Reddington Hospital because of severe head injury, but said it was an isolated case. Investigations have been conducted to check out if the person was a protester.

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The governor ensured on Tweeter that 30 people were injured in the shooting at Lekki Toll Plaza, an upscale district in the country’s largest city and financial hub. He also stated that 25 people were being treated, with mild to moderate injuries across two hospitals, and that two people were in exclusive care, and that three others were treated and then released.

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“This is the toughest night of our lives as forces beyond our direct control have moved to make dark notes in our history,” the governor wrote in a series of tweets attached with photos of him visiting the victims. “I recognize the buck stops at my table and I will work with the FG (federal government) to get to the root of this unfortunate incident and stabilise all security operations to protect the lives of our residents.”

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Unverified videos on social media posted by the locals seemingly indicated that the army were directly firing on protesters with some seen collapsing dead. One eyewitness, Akinbosola Ogunsanya, told news outlets that soldiers pulled into the plaza, and after the lights were turned off, they began shooting.   

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Reports of the shooting came on the first night of a 24-hour curfew, which bans all but essential workers and first responders from being on the streets after 4 p.m. local time. Gboyega Akosile, one of the governor’s spokesperson, tweeted that the Lagos state government has conducted an investigation.  

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     Reports of the shooting came on the first night of a 24-hour curfew, which bans all but essential workers and first responders from being on the streets after 4 p.m. local time. Gboyega Akosile, one of the governor’s spokesperson, tweeted that the Lagos state government has conducted an investigation.       

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He stated that when they continued to inquire the killings, Amnesty International wished to remind the authorities that security forces may only rely on the use of lethal force when strictly unavoidable to protect against the imminent threat of death or serious injury under the international law.

The Nigerian army posted a long thread on its Twitter account dismissing news reports of its role in the Lekki Toll Plaza shootings as “fake news.”

The West African nation has been engulfed by two weeks of massive protests against the government’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad, aka SARS. They were sparked by a video allegedly depicting a man being beaten by SARS officers. The unit has long been accused of carrying out harassment, kidnappings, extortion, torture and murder.

At least 10 people have died since protests began earlier this month.


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