#EndSars Protestors in the streets of Nigeria [photo: Sky News]
October, 23rd 2020 – Gunfire has erupted and jailbreaks have been reported in Nigeria, as unrest over the shooting of protesters in its biggest city continues.
Rights group Amnesty International said security forces killed at least 12 people in Lagos on Tuesday. Nigeria’s army has denied killing demonstrators in the Lekki area, provoking more anger.
The shooting has spurred global calls for those responsible to be held to account.
The protests began about two weeks ago with mostly young people demanding the disbandment of a notorious police unit. The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars), which had been at the centre of protests against police brutality, was dissolved Using the hashtag #EndSars, protesters rallied crowds to the streets.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in a short speech on Thursday urged those taking part in the protests to ‘resist temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos.’
He said, “For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated. I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions.“
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has promised Justice and also tweeted earlier saying, “heart goes out to all the victims of the Lekki shootings, and also the policemen and all other men and women who lost their lives in the past few days in different parts of Lagos and other states.“