Lagos imposes a 24-hour curfew as Nigeria’s anti-police protests worsen

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Authorities declared a 24-hour curfew in Nigeria’s financial hub of Lagos on Tuesday as violence erupted in widespread protests which have shaken cities throughout the nation.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu introduced solely “vital service suppliers and first responders” would have permission on the road from 1 p.m. 16.00 (1500GMT).

“I’ve seen with shock how what started as a peaceable #EndSARS protest has degenerated right into a monster that threatens the well-being of our society,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Lives and limbs have been misplaced as criminals and criminals now conceal beneath the umbrella of those protests to unleash chaos on our state.”

“We is not going to see and permit anarchy in our expensive state.”

I due to this fact hereby impose a curfew across the clock on all elements of the state from kl. 16 at this time, October 20, 2020. Nobody besides main service suppliers and first responders needs to be discovered on the road.

– Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 20, 2020

Protests that started 12 days in the past over the abuse of the police-fired Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) have elevated dramatically.

About 18 folks have died within the demonstrations, as clashes between protesters and attackers wearing civilian garments have been reported.

Lagos, a metropolis of 20 million, has been paralyzed as crowds have blocked vital roads and entry to the worldwide airport.

Witnesses advised AFP {that a} police station was burned within the Orile Iganmu district of the town on Tuesday.

Within the capital Abuja, the crowds have been dispersed violently by safety forces on Tuesday and thick black smoke might be seen over the town, an AFP photographer stated.

Tensions have been excessive after information of three deaths within the metropolis throughout unrest on Monday.

“The command has launched an investigation into the case and normalcy has been restored within the space,” police spokesman Mariam Yusuf stated.

“Nevertheless, about three folks have been reported lifeless and a few automobiles have been broken.”

The federal government has introduced the dismantling of SARS and a collection of reforms to the police in an try and find the protesters.

However most of the younger protesters are skeptical of the official guarantees, and their calls for have grown to incorporate extra far-reaching adjustments in Africa’s most populous nation.

Officers have referred to as on protesters to droop the demonstrations to offer the federal government time to meet its guarantees.

(AFP)

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