Lives lost in Nigeria amid protests

A police officer and a civilian have lost their lives in Lagos, Nigeria, over protests against police brutality. Reports say the police used live ammunition against the protestors.

Demonstrator in Lagos (Photo: Reuters)

Although demonstrators called for the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), they were shocked to see more of them redeployed in other areas of Lagos as opposed to them being disciplined. This is according to an announcement that came on Sunday.

There has been backlash between Lagos protestors and the police blaming each other for the death of a 55-year old man. Eyewitnesses say there were multiple casualties among protesters after police opened fire on them in the Surulere area of Lagos. Some of the protestors engaged the police by throwing stones at them. The police say one officer was killed and two others were critically injured by what they called ”armed protesters”.

An aide to President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the use of live bullets on demonstrators by the police. There are reports that armed trucks have been deployed to Lagos airport to break up protests blocking access to the airport.

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