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Security forces currently (as at the time of filling this report) shooting live ammunitions at unarmed, peaceful protesters, Tuesday at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State Nigeria.
Thousands of Nigerians continue to march across major cities including Lagos to demand an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS, a police unit accused of extrajudicial killings and abuses.
The government announced the unit had been disbanded, but many Nigerians are skeptical, as officials have promised an end to the unit and its alleged abuses before.
Less than an hours after expiration of the curfew declared by the state by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, NewsWireNGR monitored eyewitness live video stream on instagram, protesters scampering for safety and multiple rounds of gunshots is heard.
The protesters were at some point crawling, covered themselves with the Nigerian flag while some were seen waving the NIGERIAN flags.
Before the shootings, the Lagos State government had declared a 24-hour curfew across the state. The announcement was made by the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu via his official Twitter handle.
The governor said the decision to declare the curfew following the violence which has broken out in some parts of the state following activities of criminals hiding under the guise of #EndSARS protesters.
“I have watched with shock how what began as a peaceful #EndSARS protest has degenerated into a monster that is threatening the well-being of our society. Lives and limbs have been lost as criminals and miscreants are now hiding under the umbrella of these protests to unleash mayhem on our state.
“As a government that is alive to its responsibility and has shown a commitment to the movement #ENDSARS, we will not watch and allow anarchy in our dear state.
“I, therefore, hereby impose a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the State as from 4:00 pm today, 20th October 2020. Nobody, except essential service providers and first responders, must be found on the streets,” Sanwo-Olu said.
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