Footage posted on social media shows several hundred people out demonstrating, in defiance of a curfew imposed hours earlier by the government
Armed men have opened fire on demonstrators gathered at a protest site that has been the epicentre of widespread rallies against police brutality in Nigeria, according to several witnesses.
Three witnesses told Reuters news agency on Tuesday that soldiers had fired at the protesters in the Lekki district of Nigeria’s largest city. AFP news agency reported it was not immediately clear who had shot at the protesters.
Gunfire and sirens could be heard in videos filmed from near the site.
Footage posted on social media showed several hundred people out demonstrating, in defiance of a curfew imposed hours earlier by the government as youth-led protests against police violence that began almost two weeks have spiralled.
Scenes of protesters removing a bullet from someone’s wound and pleading for help were broadcast in a live video by DJ Switch, a popular disc jockey, to 150,000 Instagram viewers.
They are still shooting in lekki toll gate!!!!! pic.twitter.com/jQlvEuJ1Ee
— Free Spirit. (Uncle W) (@DimejiWilliams1) October 20, 2020
Tens of thousands of people have been taking to the streets every day for nearly two weeks across Nigeria to demand an end to police violence.
On Monday, Amnesty International said at least 15 people have been killed since the demonstrations began.
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