Gunfire In Nigeria’s Lagos As Curfew Imposed

Police shooting water canons at protesters in Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria, October 20, 2020//-Armed men have opened fire on demonstrators gathered at a protest site that has been the epicentre of widespread rallies against police brutality in Nigeria, according to several witnesses.

Three witnesses told Reuters News Agency on Tuesday that soldiers had fired at the protesters in the Lekki district of Nigeria’s largest city. Witnesses cited by the AFP news agency also reported the shooting, but did not say who had opened fire.

Gunfire and sirens could be heard in videos filmed near the site.

Footage posted on social media showed several hundred people demonstrating, in defiance of an indefinite curfew imposed hours earlier by the government, as youth-led protests against police violence that began almost two weeks have grown larger.

Scenes of protesters removing a bullet from someone’s wound and pleading for help were broadcast in a live video by DJ Switch, a popular disc jockey, to 150,000 Instagram viewers.

Tens of thousands of people have been taking to the streets every day for nearly two weeks across Nigeria to demand an end to police violence.

On Monday, Amnesty International said at least 15 people have been killed since the demonstrations began.


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