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    Quote Message: Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion." from A Dinka proverb from South Sudan sent by William Gol Chok in Cairo, Egypt
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    And we leave you with this picture of a protester outside the Nigerian High Commission in London. Read our main story about the protests that have sparked global anger.

    Protester outside the Nigerian High Commission in London
  2. Amnesty: Nigerian security forces killed 12 protesters

    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.

  3. South African retailer to open store in Nigeria

    Russell Padmore

    Business correspondent, BBC News

    A shopper at Pick n Pay
    Image caption: Pick n Pay wants to open small neighbourhood shops in Nigeria

    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 repatriating profits.

    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.

  4. Kabuga wins appeal to be tried in Europe

    BBC World Service

    Felicien Kabuga

    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.

    He has dismissed the allegations as lies.

    More on this story:

  5. Zambians sue mining giant over toxic waste

    BBC World Service

    A class action legal case has been launched against a subsidiary of the mining firm Anglo-American over an abandoned lead mine in Zambia.

    Lawyers representing a group of women and children say more than 100,000 people may have been poisoned by toxins from the site in Kabwe.

    Millions of tonnes of waste remain at a dump, known locally as "Black Mountain", more than 25 years after the mine was closed.

    Anglo-American said no claim had yet been served against it, but insisted any legal action would be vigorously defended.

    The firm pointed out that the mine was owned for more than 20 years before its closure by the Zambian government.

  6. Post-election violence breaks out in Guinea

    BBC World Service

    There's been more violence in Guinea as the country awaits the final results from Sunday's presidential election.

    At least one person died in the capital Conakry during clashes between opposition supporters and police.

    Initial results suggest that President Alpha Condé, who is 82, is ahead in the poll.

    On Monday, his main challenger, Cellou Dalein Diallou, complained of fraud and declared himself the winner.

    There's been repeated violence since President Condé's decision to seek a third term, which required a change in the Guinea's constitution.

  7. Kenya's 'tweeting chief' dies

    Francis Kariuki

    Francis Kariuki - an administrative chief in Kenya who became famous for using Twitter to help in the fight against crime - has died, local media report.

    His family said he was rushed to hospital after experiencing breathing difficulties, the Nation newspaper reports.

    Chief Kariuki received global attention in 2014 for using Twitter to fight crime in his area.

    His tweets would be sent to subscribers - who did not need to have a Twitter account or an internet connection - via free text messages.

    When residents of his village reported a theft, Chief Kariuki passed the details on to his thousands of followers on Twitter who then helped track stolen property.

    He told the BBC in 2015 that he believed even thieves follow him on Twitter.

    "If I send a message out that someone has stolen something they just drop the thing and run," he said.

    Watch: Kenya's crime fighting 'Twittering chief'

  8. Pope Francis announces support for same-sex unions

    BBC World Service

    Pope Francis

    Pope Francis has called for same-sex couples to have legal protection when forming civil partnerships.

    Speaking in a TV documentary called Francesco just released in Rome, the Pope said that nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable because they are homosexual.

    Correspondents say it's thought to be the first time he has suggested civil law should support LGBT couples in a partnership.

    Read: Is Africa the Catholic Church's great hope?

  9. Thousands sign petition for sanctions against Nigerian leaders

    More than 170,000 people have signed an online petition asking the UK to impose sanctions against Nigeria's leaders and the police for human rights abuses against protesters in the city of Lagos.

    "Deploying sanctions would provide accountability for and be a deterrent to anyone involved in violations of human rights," the petition reads.

    The petition had targeted 100,000 signatures.

    Uniformed personnel opened fire at protesters on Tuesday night in the city's Lekki area, although the Nigerian military has denied involvement.

  10. Protesters attack Nigerian TV station

    Nigeria's TVC news channel has gone off air after protesters attacked the premises.

    Television show hosts who were on air moments before the attack announced that they were taking a break after being informed that protesters were outside the office gate.

    Local media reported that some cars packed near the office had been set on fire.

    The BBC monitoring tweeted television footage of the last seconds of the show that ended abruptly:

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    TVC had been accused of not covering the #EndSARS protests,

    The station's management in a statement said they support the right to peaceful protests.

    They said reporting comes with a "responsibility of striking a balance and ensuring that we do not disseminate inaccurate information to the detriment of any and all parties".

    They urged protesters to share photos of videos with the station for coverage.

  11. Pictures reveal the aftermath of Nigeria protest

    Pictures of Lekki area in Lagos, the scene of Tuesday night's protest against police brutality which turned bloody, show broken windows and burnt buildings.

    Protesters say they were shot at at the Lekki toll gate, which is on the main roads into the business district, something that the army has denied.

    The pictures show the toll gate destroyed:

    A general view of the Ikoyi-Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos on October 21, 2020, that was burnt the previous night.

    They also show buildings still burning in the area:

    A building on fire near the Lekki-Ikoyi Toll Gate in Lagos on October 21, 2020
    A building on fire near the Lekki-Ikoyi Toll Gate in Lagos on October 21, 2020

    Read more: End Sars protests: People 'shot dead' in Lagos, Nigeria

  12. 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
    UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric

    The statement goes on to say that Mr Guterres calls on the Nigerian authorities to investigate these incidents and hold the perpetrators accountable.

  13. 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
    Quote Message: 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.

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  14. Archbishop of Canterbury condemns Nigeria shooting

    Justin Welby, the most senior bishop in the Church of England, has tweeted that he has "directly" urged Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari to protect the lives of "unarmed protesters".

    He said that he "condemned" Tuesday night's incident in the "strongest terms possible".

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    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.

  15. '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:

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    Video caption: Eyewitness says he counted 20 bodies on the ground after security forces opened fire
  16. 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:

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  17. Nigerians in Kenya hold #EndSARS protest

    A journalist in Kenya has shared pictures on Twitter of Nigerian nationals holding a protest outside the country's high commission in the capital, Nairobi.

    They are holding placards with the messages like: stop killing our youth, end police brutality, and end corruption.

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  18. Sounds of gunfire on Lagos streets

    Nduka Orjinmo

    BBC News

    Smoke rises from Lagos mainland
    Image caption: Smoke rises from Lagos mainland

    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 leave.

    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.

  19. Buhari urges calm amid protests

    President Muhammadu Buhari

    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.