Human rights group Amnesty International says it has confirmed that the Nigerian
army and police killed at least 12 peaceful protesters at two
locations in Lagos on Tuesday.
Thousands of people protesting against police brutality as part of the #EndSars movement had gathered in the areas of Lekki and Alausa where the security officers shot them, Amnesty said.
"Evidence gathered from eyewitnesses, video footage and hospital reports confirm that between 6:45pm and 9:00pm on Tuesday 20 October, the Nigerian military opened fire on thousands of people who were peacefully calling for good governance and an end to police brutality," it said.
The rights group also accused government officials of removing CCTV
cameras at the Lekki toll gate, where #EndSars protesters had been camped for two
weeks, and also cut electricity in a "clear attempt to hide evidence".
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said that about 25 people were wounded, adding that the authorities were investigating the death of one man by "blunt force trauma to the head". It is unclear if he was a demonstrator.
The head of Amnesty International in Nigeria called the killings "extrajudicial executions".
“There must be an immediate investigation and suspected perpetrators must be held accountable through fair trials,” said Osai Ojigho.
South African retailer to open store in Nigeria
Business correspondent, BBC News
The South African supermarket
chain Pick n Pay plans to open its first store in Nigeria.
The retailer will enter a
market that rivals like Shoprite and Mister Price are withdrawing from.
Pick n Pay's Nigeria venture
will be a partnership with A G Leventis, a group with investments in West
Africa ranging from agricultural equipment to property management.
The South African supermarket
chain believes it can overcome problems that have hit competitors, like
currency devaluations and logistical challenges, as well as barriers to
Pick n Pay's strategy in
Nigeria will focus on opening small neighbourhood stores, whereas other foreign
retailers have established flagship stores in large shopping centres.
On Tuesday the company reported a 56% drop in
profits for the first half of the financial year, following constraints caused
by South Africa's strict lockdown, with reduced trading hours, a ban on sales
of alcohol and tobacco, plus restrictions on sales of clothing.
Kabuga wins appeal to be tried in Europe
BBC World Service
An international court has agreed that a prominent Rwandan genocide suspect be moved to the Netherlands for the next stage of the legal process against him.
Lawyers for Félicien Kabuga, who is 85, had argued that sending him to the UN tribunal in Tanzania posed too great a risk to his health.
Mr Kabuga was detained by French police near Paris in May, 26 years after the genocide in Rwanda.
Prosecutors say he funded and incited the Hutu militia who killed an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
UN chief calls for an end to 'brutality' in Nigeria
UN Secretary General António Guterres has called for an end to what he called "brutality" by police in Nigeria, according to AFP news agency.
UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric is quoted by AFP as saying in a statement that gunmen opened fire on peaceful protesters on Tuesday causing "multiple deaths".
Quote Message: "The secretary general urges the security forces to act at all times with maximum restraint while calling on protesters to demonstrate peacefully and to refrain from violence." from UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric
"The secretary general urges the security forces to act at all times with maximum restraint while calling on protesters to demonstrate peacefully and to refrain from violence."
The statement goes on to say that Mr Guterres calls on the Nigerian authorities to investigate these incidents and hold the perpetrators accountable.
EU foreign policy chief 'condemns the killings in Nigeria'
The European Union's foreign policy chief has condemned the killing of protesters demonstrating against police brutality in Nigeria, and has called for justice, according to AFP news agency.
Josep Borrell is quoted by AFP as saying:
Quote Message: It is alarming to learn that several people have been killed and injured during the ongoing protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Nigeria
It is alarming to learn that several people have been killed and injured during the ongoing protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Nigeria
Quote Message: It is crucial that those responsible of abuses be brought to justice and held accountable.
It is crucial that those responsible of abuses be brought to justice and held accountable.
This adds another voice to increasing condemnation of the crackdown from politicians around the world.
US presidential candidate Joe Biden said his "heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one in the violence".
In a tweet, Former US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton asked Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian army to "stop killing young #EndSARS protesters".
The issue has also been brought up in the UK's House of Commons by Labour MP Stephen Doughty who asked if the government will be urgently speaking with the Nigerian high commissioner.
Witnesses said up to 12 people were killed and others wounded when soldiers opened fire. Amnesty International said it had "credible reports" of deaths.
The state governor, however, said there had been no fatalities, although about 25 people had been wounded.
'At first we went on the ground on our knees'
A Nigerian protester who witnessed the shooting at Lekki area in Lagos has told the BBC they had surrendered to the uniformed men before the shooting started.
He told BBC Newsday that the first reaction from protesters when the officers advanced at them was to go on their knees.
"When they started shooting people got up and started trying to run so people started getting hit and they didn't stop shooting it was very obvious that they were coming directly at us to kill as many people," he said.
He added that he saw someone get hit by a bullet beside him and die on the spot.
"I'm just lucky to be alive," he said.
The protester said some people who identified themselves as government officials had earlier disconnected CCTV cameras.
Listen to the full interview on Newsday:
Beyonce's aid to Nigerians angers some on Twitter
A tweet by American singer Beyonce's charity in solidarity with anti-police brutality protesters in Nigeria has angered some online users.
Beyonce had in a statement said she was working with organisations to support those protesting.
She said they were aiming to "provide emergency healthcare, food and shelter".
Some Nigerians said they weren't hungry and wanted change.
"We starved of justice, human rights and other social amenities not food!" Chimmy tweeted.
"Keep your help and aid to yourself, I don't need it and the dead definitely don't. All we needed was your platform to create awareness for the whole issue but you prefer to send us aid like the "poor" set of people we are. Never again. Keep your aid to yourself. We'll remember," Tomiwa tweeted.
"Who told Beyonce that we are hungry? Sis just lend your voice like Riri and co.," Papi Jay tweeted.
Some defended Beyonce saying she was offering support.
"That's stupid, and after what? She gon talk without doing anything?
She's offering her money and health support and you ask for a voice?? I don't understand people!" Queen Domi tweeted.
Here is Beyonce's statement posted on her BeyGood platform:
Police have been firing shots in the air to disperse
protesters and residents in different neighbourhoods of Nigeria's main city Lagos.
They are now in control of Lekki toll gate, with the protesters forced to
In some streets pedestrians have been asked to raise their arms while
walking past security men.
There are also reports of
hoodlums attacking and setting ablaze a
private media station, which is accused of supporting the government, in the Lagos mainland.
Buhari urges calm amid protests
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has called for "understanding and
calm" as protests continue to rock major cities in the country
A number of protesters were reportedly shot dead or wounded on Tuesday night when armed unformed officers opened fire on protesters at the commercial hub of Lagos. The military has denied involvement.
The statement from the presidency didn't mention the violent crackdown on protesters, which has been condemned worldwide, but said President Buhari is committed to the implementation of police reforms.
It said the president welcomed the establishment of judicial panels across the country to investigate claims of police brutality.
US presidential candidate Joe Biden and former secretary of state Hilary Clinton have both called for an end to the crackdown on the protests.