Troopers open hearth on Nigerian protesters in Lagos, witnesses say

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Troopers opened hearth on Nigerian protesters within the Lekki district of the business capital Lagos on Tuesday, capturing a minimum of two individuals, three witnesses instructed Reuters.

Protesters have demonstrated for greater than per week over allegations of police brutality in Nigeria.

“They began firing ammunition towards the gang. They have been firing into the gang,” stated Alfred Ononugbo, 55, a safety officer. “I noticed the bullet hit one or two individuals,” he stated.

Lagos state authorities stated it could open an investigation into the capturing, which witnesses stated happened round 7 p.m. native time.

“There have been reviews of capturing on the Lekki Toll Plaza,” Gboyega Akosile, a spokesperson for the governor, stated on Twitter. “The State Authorities has ordered an investigation into the incident,” he stated in one other tweet.

A Nigerian military spokesperson didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

Inyene Akpan, 26, a photographer, stated greater than 20 troopers arrived on the toll gate in Lekki and opened hearth. He stated he noticed two individuals being shot.

Protesters collect on the entrance of the Lagos State Secretariat throughout Tuesday’s protest. (Benson Ibeabuchi/AFP by way of Getty Photos)

Akinbosola Ogunsanya, a 3rd witness, stated he noticed round 10 individuals being shot. He additionally stated he noticed troopers take away our bodies.

A Reuters witness heard sirens and gunfire.

Authorities on Tuesday imposed a round the clock curfew on Lagos, which incorporates Africa’s largest metropolis, in response to the protests, which the state governor stated had turned violent.

The nationwide police chief additionally ordered the speedy deployment of anti-riot forces nationwide following elevated assaults on police services, a police spokesperson stated.

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