SARS: Lagos underneath lockdown after protesters ‘shot’


Heavy safety presence in Nigeria’s greatest metropolis; dozens taken to hospital after troopers reportedly shot at protesters.

Lagos was underneath lockdown on Wednesday as a heavy police presence enforced a round the clock curfew, hours after stories emerged of protesters being shot lifeless by safety forces.

The state governor mentioned 30 individuals have been harm within the taking pictures within the Lekki district of the business capital on Tuesday night.

4 witnesses mentioned troopers fired the bullets and a minimum of two individuals have been killed.

The Nigerian military mentioned on Twitter that no troopers have been on the scene on the time of the taking pictures.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu mentioned 25 individuals have been being handled for gentle to reasonable accidents, two have been receiving intensive care and three had been discharged following Tuesday’s taking pictures.

“I recognise the buck stops at my desk and I’ll work with the FG (federal authorities) to get to the foundation of this unlucky incident and stabilise all safety operations to guard the lives of our residents,” mentioned Sanwo-Olu.

Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris, reporting from the capital Abuja, mentioned the state of affairs within the nation’s largest metropolis, Lagos, seems to be worsening.

“Issues have gone from unhealthy to worse in Lagos. We’re listening to of pockets of violence within the metropolis. In Lekki, the place final night time’s assault occurred, there’s been instances of arson, and assaults on properties,” he mentioned.

“We’re additionally listening to that about 30 authorities buses have been burnt down at a bus station. One of many main personal tv stations in Nigeria can be off air. A supply has informed us it has been burnt down by protesters. The station is owned by an influential politician who’s in the identical social gathering because the president.”

Amnesty Worldwide mentioned it had obtained “credible however disturbing proof of extreme use of drive occasioning deaths of protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos” on Tuesday, including that it was investigating “the killings”.

One other witness, Chika Dibia, mentioned troopers hemmed in individuals as they shot at them.

Video verified by Reuters information company confirmed males strolling slowly in formation in direction of demonstrators, adopted by vans with flashing lights, and the sound of gunfire popping. One other video confirmed the toll gate itself, with a protester waving a Nigerian flag, as individuals ran amid the sound of gunfire.

1000’s of Nigerians have demonstrated nationwide every single day for almost two weeks towards a police unit, the Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS), that rights teams had for years accused of extortion, harassment, torture and murders.

Authorities imposed the 24-hour curfew on Lagos on Tuesday after the state governor mentioned the protests had turned violent.

On Wednesday, police had arrange roadblocks within the metropolis and weren’t permitting autos to cross, though there have been a couple of automobiles and folks strolling, Reuters reported.

The SARS unit was disbanded on October 11 following the uproar, however the protests have endured with demonstrators calling for regulation enforcement reforms.