Death Toll Mystery After Protesters Shot in Lagos but What the Hell is Going On in Nigeria?

Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said one person has died in hospital from “blunt force trauma” but there are unconfirmed reports of seven deaths after unidentified gunmen opened fire at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday night. It follows weeks of protests against police brutality.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for an end to police “brutality” after weeks of protests which culminated with demonstrators being shot by unidentified gunmen. 

​Manchester United star Odion Ighalo earlier tweeted he was “ashamed” of the Nigerian government after police or soldiers opened fire on protesters on Tuesday, 20 October.

​Ighalo said the government was a “shame to the world” for “firing on unarmed protesters” and “killing your own citizens”.

On Tuesday night video footage emerged of armed men dressed as soldiers firing at around 1,000 protesters in the vicinity of the Lekki tollgate on Lagos Island, close to the British International School and the Oriental Hotel.

The governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered an investigation into the events at Lekki tollgate while the army has claimed its involvement is “fake news”.

Mr Sanwo-Olu called for calm among protester and said the shooting was carried out by “forces beyond our direct control.” 

On Wednesday, 21 October, images were posted on social media of what is alleged to be army snipers posted on the roof of the Oriental Hotel as President Muhammadu Buhari called on Nigerians…

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