Nigeria protests: Anti-riot police to be deployed nationwide

Clay Curtis
October 20, 2020

"This decision has become necessary because of the very disturbing incidents of vandalism and attacks on private individuals and institutions by hoodlums in the guise of #EndSARS protesters", Osarodion Ogie, secretary to the Edo state government, said in a statement.

The governor of Nigeria's commercial hub Lagos imposed a state-wide curfew on Tuesday in response to growing protests over police brutality in the country.

"I have watched with shock how what began as a peaceful #EndSARS protest has degenerated into a monster that is threatening the wellbeing of our society", Sanwo-Olu said.

The Lagos State Government has declared a 24 hours curfew with effect from 4pm on Tuesday (today).

Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said that criminals had hijacked protests "to unleash mayhem".

He has also ordered the massive deployment of police operatives to strengthen security around prisons.

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Videos posted on social media show the police station burning, with people standing outside cheering.

In spite of promises by the president and Nigeria's police chief that force would not be used on peaceful protesters, police have opened fire on demonstrators in recent weeks.

The Lagos State Police Command has banned protests in the state. Police denied the incident, and disbanded SARS on October 11, but protests have persisted. They said the attack happened after police officers shot two people in the neighbourhood, leaving one dead.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Lagos state government directed all pupils and students in public and private schools to stay at home following the tension generated by the #EndSARS protests.

Amnesty International said five people have been killed since the start of the weekend, taking the overall number of fatalities to 15 since demonstrations against abuses erupted this month.

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