LAGOS – Troopers opened hearth on Nigerians protesting in opposition to police brutality within the Lekki district of the business capital Lagos on Tuesday, taking pictures no less than two individuals, three witnesses instructed Reuters.
Hundreds of Nigerians have demonstrated nationwide day-after-day for almost two weeks in opposition to a police unit, the Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS), that rights teams had for years accused of extortion, harassment, torture and murders.
The toll gate within the upmarket Lekki district has been the location of every day protests in Lagos, Africa’s greatest metropolis.
“They began firing ammunition towards the gang. They had been firing into the gang,” stated Alfred Ononugbo, 55, a safety officer. “I noticed the bullet hit one or two individuals,” he stated.
The situation of these two individuals was not instantly identified. Amnesty Worldwide has stated no less than 15 individuals had been killed for the reason that protests started.
Lagos state authorities stated it might open an investigation into the taking pictures, which witnesses stated occurred round 7 p.m. (1800 GMT).
“There have been experiences of taking pictures on the Lekki Toll Plaza,” Gboyega Akosile, a spokesman for the governor, stated on Twitter. “The State Authorities has ordered an investigation into the incident,” he stated in one other tweet.
A Nigerian military spokesman didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Inyene Akpan, 26, a photographer, stated greater than 20 troopers arrived on the toll gate in Lekki and opened hearth. He stated he noticed two individuals being shot.
Akinbosola Ogunsanya, a 3rd witness, stated he noticed round 10 individuals being shot. He additionally stated he noticed troopers take away our bodies.
Ten movies seen by Reuters, which had been livestreamed on Instagram or posted on Twitter, confirmed scenes of individuals operating in close to darkness and the sound of what gave the impression to be gunfire. Reuters was not instantly capable of independently confirm the footage.
A Reuters witness heard sirens and gunfire.
A health care provider on the personal Reddington Hospital within the Victoria Island space of Lagos stated individuals had been being handled for gunshot wounds. The physician, who didn’t wish to be recognized, didn’t specify the variety of individuals being handled.
A spokesman for the president didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
The weeks-long protests had been sparked by a video that started circulating in early October purportedly exhibiting SARS officers taking pictures a person in southern Delta state.
Police denied the taking pictures. The SARS was disbanded on Oct. 11, however protests have endured.
Authorities on Tuesday imposed a round the clock curfew on Lagos in response to the protests, which the state governor stated had turned violent.
It’s one among three of Nigeria’s 36 states to have introduced such measures within the final two days, putting thousands and thousands of individuals in Africa’s most populous nation beneath curfew.
The southwestern state of Ekiti imposed a curfew hours after the announcement in Lagos. Its governor stated protests had been “hijacked” by criminals who sought to “rape, assault, rob and extort harmless residents”.
The southern state of Edo on Monday imposed an identical curfew after a jailbreak by prisoners throughout protests. Police stated they’d strengthened safety round prisons nationwide.
The nationwide police chief additionally ordered the rapid deployment of anti-riot forces nationwide following elevated assaults on police amenities, a police spokesman stated.