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Gunfire in Nigeria’s Lagos as curfew imposed: Witnesses

Footage posted on social media shows several hundred people demonstrating, in defiance of a curfew imposed hours earlier by authorities.

People hold banners as they demonstrate on the street to protest against police brutality, in Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020. After 13 days of protests against police brutality, authorities have imposed a 24-hour curfew in Lagos Nigeria’s largest city as moves are made to stop growing violence. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Armed men have opened fire on demonstrators gathered at a protest site that has been the epicentre of widespread rallies against police brutality in Nigeria, according to several witnesses.

Three witnesses told Reuters News Agency on Tuesday that soldiers had fired at the protesters in the Lekki district of Nigeria’s largest city. Witnesses cited by the AFP news agency also reported the shooting, but did not say who had opened fire.

Amnesty International said in a statement it had received “credible but disturbing evidence of excessive use of force occasioning deaths of protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos”, adding that it was investigating “the killings”.

#Lekki #LekkiProtest #Lekkitollgate #Lagos#Nigeria#EndSARS

— Amnesty International Nigeria (@AmnestyNigeria) 

Footage posted on social media showed several hundred people demonstrating, in defiance of an indefinite curfew imposed hours earlier by the authorities, as youth-led protests against police violence that began almost two weeks have grown larger.

Scenes of protesters removing a bullet from someone’s wound and pleading for help were broadcast in a live video by DJ Switch, a popular disc jockey, to 150,000 Instagram viewers. Gunfire and sirens could be heard in videos filmed near the site.

They are still shooting in lekki toll gate!!!!!

— Free Spirit. (Uncle W) (@DimejiWilliams1) 

Tens of thousands of people have been taking to the streets every day for nearly two weeks across Nigeria to demand an end to police violence.

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On Monday, Amnesty said at least 15 people have been killed since the demonstrations began