LAGOS-(MaraviPost)-Armed soldiers on Tuesday October 20, 2020 opened fire on protesters at the #EndSARS protesters, killing at least seven people and wounding dozens at the Lekki toll Plaza in Lagos.
Amnesty International on twitter page confirming the sporadically shooting in the country.
Demonstrations in the country have been ongoing for nearly two weeks over widespread claims of kidnapping, harassment, and extortion by a police unit know as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Earlier during the day, it was learnt that CCTV was also disconnected and there was a sudden blackout at the Lekki toll gate where protestors were singing the national anthem, staging sit-ins, and praying befor a group of armed soldiers parade towards the protestors shooting into the air and at the protesters.
Prior to the attacks on protesters, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu imposed a 24-hour curfew and deploy anti-riot police to the city to prevent the protestors from going into the streets to demonstrate.
In a video captured by female Dj Switch moment before and after the soldiers hot live bullets at the peaceful protesters at the venue, it indicated no less than 5 people dead and many others severely injured after the incident.
According to Reuters, the armed forces started shooting around 7pm local time (18:00 GMT) in the Lekki district of Nigeria’s largest city in defiance of an indefinite curfew imposed hours earlier by the authorities.
Commenting on the matter in a Twitter post, the Nigerian Army declined the reports claiming there were no soldiers at the scene of the shooting on Tuesday night.
However, several people including the former US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Barbadian singer, Rihanna have asked President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria to stop killing innocent people.
Meanwhile, the death toll has reached 49 since the protest begun and the State Governor has ordered investigation into Tuesday evening’s shooting of protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos.