Africa, Nigeria Protests: Eyewitnesses Say Security Forces Fired At Protesters - Cnn

Africa, Nigeria Protests: Eyewitnesses Say Security Forces Fired At Protesters - Cnn

Eyewitnesses say Nigerian forces shot at protesters in Lagos

Clashes between protesters and law enforcement agents in Lagos turned bloody on Tuesday, despite a state-wide curfew, with eyewitnesses telling CNN that multiple demonstrators have been shot by soldiers

10/21/2020 2:41:00 AM

Clashes between protesters and law enforcement agents in Lagos turned bloody on Tuesday, despite a state-wide curfew, with eyewitnesses telling CNN that multiple demonstrators have been shot by soldiers

Clashes between protesters and law enforcement agents in Lagos turned bloody on Tuesday, despite a state-wide curfew, with eyewitnesses telling CNN that multiple demonstrators have been shot by soldiers.

Demonstrators have taken part in daily protests across the country for nearly two weeks over widespread claims of kidnapping, harassment, and extortion by a police unit know as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Thursday saw the state governor impose a 24-hour curfew and deploy anti-riot police to the city. One witness at the protests, Akinbosola Ogunsanya, said the shooting began after the lights were turned off at the Nigerian city's Lekki tollgate."Members of the Nigerian army pulled up on us and they started firing," he said."They were shooting, they were firing straight, directly at us, and a lot of people got hit. I just survived, barely." Read MoreOgunsanya added that barricades on either side of the scene were blocking ambulances. Another witness, Temple Onanugbo, said he heard what he believed were bullets being fired from his home nearby and that the sound lasted"for about 15 to 30 minutes." Speaking to CNN from the scene of the shooting, Onanugbo said he saw"multiple bodies laying on the ground," when he arrived to help those injured. CNN has not yet been able to confirm casualties. The State Government has ordered an investigation into the incident, according to the Lagos Governor's spokesman, Gboyega Akosile. According to a tweet by Akosile, Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has also"advised security agents not to arrest anyone on account of the curfew." Photos: Nigerians protest police brutality Photos: Nigerians protest police brutalityDemonstrators gesture during a protest in Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday, October 14.Hide Caption 1 of 13 Photos: Nigerians protest police brutalityPeople protest from a pedestrian bridge in Lagos on Thursday, October 15.Hide Caption 2 of 13 Photos: Nigerians protest police brutalityProtesters swarm the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway during a demonstration in Lagos on October 15.Hide Caption 3 of 13 Photos: Nigerians protest police brutalityProtesters lie on the road along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.Hide Caption 4 of 13 Photos: Nigerians protest police brutalityA protester holds a sign during a rally in Lagos on October 14.Hide Caption 5 of 13 Photos: Nigerians protest police brutalityDemonstrators block a major road in Lagos on October 14.Hide Caption 6 of 13 Photos: Nigerians protest police brutalityA man waves the Nigerian national flag during a Lagos protest on Tuesday, October 13.Hide Caption 7 of 13 Photos: Nigerians protest police brutalityA protester displays a placard in Ikeja, Nigeria, on October 13.Hide Caption 8 of 13 Photos: Nigerians protest police brutalityDemonstrators rally on October 13.Hide Caption 9 of 13 Photos: Nigerians protest police brutalityPeople protest from a car in Ikeja on October 13.Hide Caption 10 of 13 Photos: Nigerians protest police brutalityDemonstrators talk to a police officer during a protest in Lagos on Monday, October 12.Hide Caption 11 of 13 Photos: Nigerians protest police brutalityDemonstrators block the Lekki toll plaza in Lagos on October 12.Hide Caption 12 of 13 Photos: Nigerians protest police brutalityA protester holds up a sign near a government house in Ikeja on Friday, October 9.Hide Caption 13 of 13Earlier in the day, Sanwo-Olu had imposed a 24-hour curfew, including the closure of all Lagos schools. Only essential service providers and first responders have permission to be on the streets of Lagos, which has an estimated population of more than 20 million people. "Dear Lagosians, I have watched with shock how what began as a peaceful #EndSARS protest has degenerated into a monster that is threatening the well-being of our society," Sanwo-Olu tweeted as he announced the 4 pm (local time) curfew. SARS was disbanded on October 11 and a new police unit to replace it will be trained by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Reuters reported Monday. Protesters are demanding further protections against the police, including independent oversight and psychological evaluation of officers. Death and severe injuries amid the protests have been reported since the weekend. Amnesty International said on its Twitter account Tuesday that it has received"credible but disturbing evidence" of"excessive use of force occasioning deaths of protesters." A 17-year-old died in police custody on Monday in Kano, a city in the north of the country, after allegedly being tortured, according the human rights group. Many protestors and journalists were assaulted by police and thugs in the capital Abuja on the same day. 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