According to multiple media reports, shots were fired at Nigerians protesting police brutality in the Lekki district of Lagos on Tuesday evening, shortly after a 24-hour curfew kicked in. The protests have been ongoing for almost two weeks, starting with calls to disband the country’s SARS police unit.
On Tuesday, Nigeria’s Lagos governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, ordered an investigation into “reports of shooting at the Lekki Toll Plaza, following the 24-hour curfew imposed on Lagos State to stop criminals who hid under the #EndSARS protests to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens”, according to a tweet from Gbenga Omotoso, the Lagos state Commissioner for Information.
Omotoso argued that the Lagos governor “advised the security agents not to arrest anyone on account of the curfew, which he urges residents to observe for the peaceful atmosphere we all cherish”, noting that “The Governor will do everything within his power to ensure that the lives of all Lagosians are protected at all times”.
Sanwo-Olu specified the number of victims, and vowed to give a state broadcast on the incident in the morning.
The governor’s statements follow multiple media reports citing eyewitness testimonies claiming that shots were fired against anti-police brutality protesters gathered at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos on Tuesday evening. Some reports suggested, citing eyewitnesses, that the gunmen were Nigerian soldiers, while others…