There was “credible but disturbing evidence” that security forces in Lagos shot dead protesters protesting against police brutality despite a new curfew coming into effect, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.
“They started firing ammunition towards the crowd. They were shooting at the crowd, ”said Alfred Ononugbo, 55, after the soldiers opened fire.
“I saw the bullet hit one or two people.”
Lagos State Information Commissioner Gbenga Omotoso said in a statement Tuesday evening that “there were reports of gunshots being shot at the Lekki Toll Plaza after the 24 hour curfew. hours imposed in Lagos ”.
The Nigerian military said on Twitter that no soldiers were at the scene of Tuesday night’s shooting in Lekki, an upscale neighborhood where the toll has been the scene of daily protests in Lagos, Africa’s largest city.
The protests began two weeks ago after a video was released showing a man being beaten, apparently by police officers from the Special Anti-Theft Squad (SARS).
Young protesters marched through towns across Nigeria under the #EndSARS banner.
In response, the government announced it would disband the team, which for years human rights groups have accused of widespread abuses, including torture and murder.
The demonstrators are not satisfied with the dissolution and demand an end to the abuses and respect for human rights in all sectors of the police.
Protests continued in many cities on Tuesday, including the capital Abuja, where troops were deployed.