Protests in Nigeria


An over two-week long protest in Nigeria’s Lagos against the alleged brutalities committed by a police unit known as Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) turned bloody when many demonstrators were shot by soldiers on Oct. 20. The incident happened on the day a state-wide curfew was imposed for 24 hours. According to CNN, the massive demonstration, which has its epicenter at the Lekki toll gate, has been mostly peaceful. In a statement, Amnesty International said that it had received “credible but disturbing evidence of excessive use of force occasioning deaths of protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos.” Gboyega Akosile, a spokesman for the Lagos state governor, said that an “investigation into the incident” has been ordered. Though SARS was disbanded on Oct. 11, it was replaced with Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team – a unit which, according to Reuters, will be trained by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Protesters have however continued to press for more reforms in the police as well as the country’s governance though five Nigerian states and the capital, Abuja, have effectively banned demonstrations. People in other cities of the world are also staging demonstrations in solidarity with the protesters in Nigeria. President Muhammadu Buhari called for an end to the unrest in his address to the nation on Oct. 22.

Here’s a look at some pictures from the ongoing demonstrations.


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