Unrest grips Nigeria as anger over shooting grows

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 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 on 11 October.

Using the hashtag #EndSars, protesters rallied crowds to the streets.

The shooting has spurred global calls for those responsible to be held to account.

In a short televised address on Thursday, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari urged protesters to stop demonstrating and instead engage with the government “in finding solutions”.

He made no mention in the speech of the shooting of protesters in Lagos.

Earlier this year, Amnesty said it had documented at least 82 cases of torture, ill treatment and extra-judicial execution between January 2017 and May this year against members of Sars.

President Buhari disbanded Sars on 11 October. But protests have continued, morphing into demands for wider reforms to the police and the government.

Gunshots were heard at the Ikoyi prison in Lagos after an attempted prison break was foiled by the army and the police on Thursday. Inmates are reported to have escaped from other prisons after attacks in the states of Ondo and Delta.

 

 

 

– BBC

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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