Protesters who gathered at the Lekki toll gate have been reportedly shot at by the Nigerian army, as the protesters expressed resolve against the curfew declared by the Lagos State Governor.
Eyewitnesses have tweeted video evidence via their Twitter handles to corroborate this new development.
The government of Lagos has imposed an immediate 24-hour curfew, shutting down protests against police brutality that have erupted across Nigeria and paralysed large areas of the state that includes Africa’s largest city.
The protests have been against the notorious Sars police unit, now dissolved but long-accused of extra-judicial killings, torture and extortion. More broadly the demonstrations have been against systemic abuse by Nigerian police forces.
Police have fired on protesters across Nigeria, including in the Surulere area of Lagos which was condemned by the state government. Armed gangs have attacked protesters in Lagos and the capital Abuja.
The demonstrations had “degenerated into a monster threatening the wellbeing of our society”, said Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos, in a statement on Tuesday.
Key points for protesting include:
Nigerians have been protesting against police brutality for the past week
The demonstrations were sparked by a video allegedly showing police officers shooting a man
Police initially responded to the demonstrations with force
The ongoing protests are clearly a strong message not only to the current government but to the entire political class in Nigeria.
The relentlessness of the young people is uncommon. Demonstrations like these rarely last for more than three days but these ones appear to be gathering momentum.
As well as calling for an end to bad governance and poor economic conditions, some protesters are also beginning to demand more action from the government to tackle widespread insecurity in the north of the country, where armed criminal gangs carry out deadly attacks and kidnap people for ransom.
The Amnesty International has raised concern about “escalating violence” in Nigeria against the #EndSars protest movement. Seven persons have reportedly been killed after gunshots were reportedly fired at End SARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate on Tuesday night, October 20.
In a similar report,, the protesters accused the Nigerian security agencies for sponsoring the hoodlums to attack peaceful protesters.