Nigeria's president urges end to protests but remains silent on demonstration shooting

Remigio Civitarese
Октября 23, 2020

Looting and gunfire continued in Nigeria's second-largest city on Thursday.

Amnesty International said at least 12 people were killed by the Nigerian army and police in a crackdown on protesters on Tuesday that drew international condemnation.

The Nigerian army took to Twitter repeatedly on Wednesday, labeling various reports about Tuesday's alleged incident as "fake news".

The protests began about two weeks ago with mostly young people demanding the disbandment of a notorious police unit.

According to the PDP, the long-awaited address failed to inspire any hope and it failed to address the trepidations, the pervading hopelessness, the drifting towards anarchy and provided no concrete steps on how to arrest the situation and rein in bandits, hoodlums and vandals that were let loose to unleash violence on peaceful protesters and innocent Nigerians.

"Reports that CCTV cameras and lighting were deliberately disabled prior to the shooting are even more disturbing as, if confirmed, they suggest this deplorable attack on peaceful protestors was premeditated, planned and coordinated".

Lagos and other parts of Nigeria have seen buildings torched, shopping centres looted and prisons attacked since the shooting.

The state government in Lagos imposed an indefinite round-the-clock curfew on the coastal city's 20 million inhabitants on Tuesday evening.

Several states are also under curfew and the oil-producing Delta state said it would enter a 48-hour curfew from 6pm (17:00 GMT) on Thursday.

He said at least 25 others were wounded.

President Buhari disbanded Sars on 11 October. The protest persisted with demonstrators calling for more widespread reforms of the police and an end to corruption.

What's the latest on the unrest?

It was unclear if any inmates escaped.

"Looters and arsonists are now taking over what started as decent protest marches".

"The sanctity of the palace of a peace-maker, the Oba of Lagos has been violated".

How have Nigeria's leaders reacted?

Buhari also urged the protesters to "resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos".

"For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and law and order".

"Under no circumstances would this be tolerated", he added.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has urged protesters to discontinue the protests and engage with government.

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He did not confirm that the security forces had shot the protesters.

A Lagos state spokesman said the fire at Ikoyi prison was under control and armed officers were at the scene. "There could be some miscreants who are having guns, shooting people here and there", he said.

What global reaction has there been?

The United Nations, the European Union, the UK and the USA have all called for those responsible for the killings to be held responsible.

The shooting drew worldwide condemnation, with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet saying reports suggested it could have been premeditated.

The UN Human Rights chief said there was "little doubt that this was a case of excessive use of force", while United States presidential candidate Joe Biden and former USA secretary of state Hillary Clinton both condemned the use of violence on the protesters.

The President however said that as of Monday 12th October, he had acknowledged the concerns and agitations of members of the public regarding the excessive use of force by some members of SARA and had therefore "immediately scrapped SARS and put measures in place".

As well as diplomats, celebrities - from Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo to pop singer Beyonce Knowles - have also added their voices to the calls for justice.

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