At least 20 people were shot and killed in ongoing protests against police brutality in Nigeria. According to the BBC, protests are taking place in Lagos, the country’s largest city.
Protests against the controversial Special Forces Special Rubber Squad (SARS) have been going on in the major cities of the country for two weeks. Several protesters have been arrested.
An eyewitness told the BBC that the army fired indiscriminately at the protesters. He saw about 20 dead bodies. At least 50 people were injured. Human rights group Amnesty International said it had received reliable reports of deaths during protests.
Local authorities have assured that they will investigate the incident. A 24-hour curfew has been imposed in Lagos and other cities.
Witnesses say military uniforms opened fire on Lake Lagos in Lagos on Tuesday evening. Members of the army were seen barricading at various places to chase down the protesters.
An eyewitness, who did not want to be named, said that at around 8:45 am, he calmly opened fire on the supporters. He died on the spot due to being shot.
Iring he continued firing. It lasted for about one and a half hours. The ambulance could not reach the protesters due to the army barricades. ‘
Incidentally, SARS is a controversial branch of the Nigerian Police. The government announced the closure of the branch following nationwide protests against them.