Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu [photo: vntvweb.com]
Wednesday, 21st 2020 – Nigeria is extending curfews beyond the city of Lagos as anti-riot officers struggle to quell violence following protests against police brutality. A number of people are reported to have been shot at a protest in Lekki, a suburb of the city.
A 24-hour curfew planned for Lagos, a key commercial hub and Africa’s most populous city with an estimated 20 million residents, was delayed to allow commuters to return home. Following reports of widespread violence across Nigeria, the city of Jos and Ekiti state said curfews would come into force.
Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is wary that criminals have hijacked the protests to create chaos. In a tweet, he said, “Imposing this curfew was difficult, especially as we have just returned from a Covid-19 required lockdown. This curfew will allow security officials to immediately restore order to the state, arrest thugs and miscreants that have disrupted the peace.“