11 reported dead as soldiers open fire at unarmed protesters at Lekki toll gate




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LAGOS – Nigerian security forces opened fire on unarmed protesters at Lekki gate Lagos.

 

Eleven have been reported to have died from open fire by Nigerian security forces on unarmed protesters at Lekki gate Lagos, ’s busiest .

 

”11 , they are catering away with bodies an army truck, they want to hide evidence, ” Samuel Otigba, of protesters at the location said.

 

While many unarmed protesters have been reported to have sustained injuries from the open fire, the security forces, have been alleged to have trapped the protesters from both ends of the gate, and thus preventing an ambulance from entering the location.

 

The gunshots came even before the 9 pm by the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The governor had extended the initial scheduled 4 pm to 9 pm.

 

The governor of ’s commercial imposed a 24-hour to try and contain the disruptions from the 12 days protests in the that is home to more than 21 million people.

 

Predominantly young Nigerians have been on the streets in what is a nationwide to demand reform of the police force and consequently, better governance.

 

The protests have become vicious even after the bowed to parts of the demands to disband the unit of the police force that has been accused of human right abuses, illegal stop and search, illegal arrest and detention, extrajudicial killings, and sexual harassment.

 

The demand for Nigeria’s to give an executive order to the disbandment of the public unit and the reform of the force is of the reasons why the has intensified. (BusinessDay)