Nigerian security forces shoot at protesters in Lagos
2020-10-21 | Since 1 Month
Nigerian security forces opened fire on a protest site in Lagos, intensifying violence before a 24-hour lockdown was imposed to quell rallies against police brutality.
At least three people died in the shooting, local media reported.
Amnesty International said there was "credible but disturbing evidence" that protesters were fatally shot by security forces in the city.
“There have been reports of shooting at the Lekki Toll Plaza following the 24-hour curfew imposed on Lagos,” the state spokesman, Gbenga Omotoso, said on Tuesday night.
“The state government has ordered an investigation into the incident."
Amnesty tweeted: “While we continue to investigate the killings, Amnesty International wishes to remind the authorities that under international law, security forces may only resort to the use of lethal force when strictly unavoidable to protect against imminent threat of death or serious injury."
Alfred Ononugbo, 55, a security officer, said: “They started firing ammunition towards the crowd. I saw the bullets hit one or two persons."
Demonstrations that began on October 5 have continued despite the government dissolving a police unit that has been accused of a brutal crackdown on protesters.
Thousands of mainly young people have taken to the streets of the capital Abuja, the economic centre of Lagos, and other towns, sealing off major roads and bridges, disrupting flights and bringing businesses to a standstill.
Hours before the shots were fired, the Governor of Lagos state imposed a curfew to try to quell disruptions in a region that is home to more than 22 million people.