Nigeria protests: millions under curfew as violence spreads


css-14iz86j-BoldText {font-weight: bold;} Nigeria extends curfew beyond Lagos city as riot officers fight to quell violence following protests against police brutality

A number of people were reportedly shot dead during a demonstration in Lekki, a suburb of the city

A 24-hour curfew planned for Lagos, a key commercial center and the most populous city in Africa with around 20 million people, has been delayed to allow commuters to return home

Following reports of widespread violence across Nigeria, the town of Jos and Ekiti state said curfews would go into effect later on Tuesday

Southern Edo state imposed a curfew earlier, after officials said two police stations were targeted, with attackers burning cars and stealing police equipment

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The protests began with calls to disband a much hated police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars)

President Muhammadu Buhari then disbanded the unit, which was accused of unlawful detentions, assaults and shootings, on October 11

But protesters called for more changes in the security forces as well as reforms in the way the country operates

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu says criminals hijacked protests « to unleash chaos »

He said he « watched with amazement how what started as a peaceful #EndSARS protest has degenerated into a monster that threatens the well-being of our society »

« Enforcing this curfew has been difficult, especially since we have just returned from a mandatory Covid-19 lockdown, » he wrote on Twitter

« This curfew will allow security officials to immediately restore order in the state, arrest thugs and criminals who have disturbed the peace »

Watching these videos is a great heartache for me personally and as Governor I cannot watch arsonists, thugs and anarchists continue to hide under the #EndSars protest to unleash chaos on the state and disturb without reason the life and property of citizens imageTwittercom / aTJgzApIWL

The curfew was originally scheduled to go into effect at 4:00 p.m. local time (3:00 p.m. GMT), but protesters in the Lekki and Alausa neighborhoods in Lagos have refused to disperse

They sang the national anthem at the Lekki tollgate – one of the main roads leading to the business district of Lagos

Amnesty International Nigeria tweeted that it had « received credible but disturbing evidence of excessive use of force leading to the deaths of protesters at the Lekki tollgate »

The US consulate in Lagos announced it had closed on Tuesday and will remain closed on Wednesday

Previously, Nigerian Police Chief Mohammed Adamu ordered the nationwide deployment of riot officers in an attempt to end two weeks of increasingly violent protests

M Adamu said in a statement that the Mobile Police Force (PMF) was needed « to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians and secure critical national infrastructure across the country »

The announcement of the curfew for Lagos state came after reports of people torching a police station in Orile neighborhood

Lagos Police said that « all security agencies have deployed adequate personnel to support and enforce the statewide curfew »

On Monday, people attacked police in the Yaba neighborhood of Lagos, destroying police vehicles and chasing policemen

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