Nigeria’s Security Forces Shoot and Kill at Least 12 Civilians as SARS Protests Intensify ICYMI

There have been international calls for an end to violence in Nigeria after widespread reports of the killing of civilians.

The security forces opened fire without warning on END SARS (#ENDSARS) protesters Tuesday night, October 20, 2020 at the Lekki toll plaza in Lagos, according to Amnesty International. Evidence of the killings was gathered from eyewitnesses, video, and hospital reports.

Amnesty reported it received reports that shortly before the shootings, CCTV security cameras at the Lekki toll gates were removed by government officials and electricity was cut to prevent the gathering of evidence of anticipated violence

Some of those killed and injured at the toll plaza and in the Lagos neighborhood of Alausa were removed from the scene by the military, according to Amnesty International.

Nigeria’s military denied responsibility for the Lekki shootings, posting a an official tweet that said reports of violence were fake news.

Gunfire in Lagos continued on Wednesday.

End SARS is a decentralized social movement and series of mass protests against police brutality in Nigeria that calls specifically for the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) — division of the Nigerian Police with a record of brutality. The hashtag #ENDSARS is related to the demand of the disbanding of the unit by the Nigerian government.

Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria located inland from the Gulf of Guinea across Lagos Lagoon. Lagos is a financial center; and Victoria Island, the financial center of the metropolis, is known for its beach resorts, boutiques and nightlife.

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