Several people have been killed and others injured after security operatives opened fire at #EndSARS protesters in the Lekki area of Lagos State, witnesses have said.
Security operatives had stormed the scene of the protest on Tuesday night hours after the Lagos Government announced a 24-hour curfew and opened fire.
Some protesters told Channels TV that they shot directly at them with an intent to kill them.
Many others turned to social media to share their experiences. In various tweets and Instagram posts shared, many containing video clips capturing sounds of gunshots and people with gunshot wounds and more, the protesters expressed outrage at what transpired at the venue.
In the process, eyewitnesses said the security operatives fired live bullets at protesters there.
This, they said, resulted in the death of several persons with many others injured.
The witnesses said some government officials had come in the evening to unmount the CCTV cameras stationed at the toll gate.
They added that while the security operatives were carrying out the shooting, the light at the scene was put out.
In some of the videos shared on social media, people cluster together as they struggle to save some of those who sustained gunshot wounds during the incident.
Some persons were seen bleeding seriously, while others tried to extract bullets from their bodies.
The incident occurred hours after the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced a 24-hour curfew in the state.
Reacting to the incident at the Lekki toll gate, the state government said it has begun an investigation into the incident.
Governor Sanwo-Olu also has advised the security agents not to arrest anyone on account of the curfew.
He, however, urged the residents to observe the curfew for a peaceful atmosphere in the state.
The governor also asked them to remain calm and not allow criminals, who he said have hijacked the #EndSARS protest, to succeed in their evil plan of turning the state upside down.
He promised to do all within his power to ensure that the lives of all residents were protected at all times.
Two policemen have been killed and two others are missing after the attack on the Divisional Police Headquarters in the Ojoo area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo, Fadeyi Olugbenga, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday hours after the incident.
He said the police station was set ablaze at about 1pm by disgruntled criminals who allegedly hijacked the #EndSARS protests to unleash mayhem on police personnel.
According to him, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo, Joe Enwonwu, has condemned the attack on the police station.
“The Commissioner of Police wishes to state that the burning of the police station was premeditated as police personnel did not have any interference with the protesters neither were they disturbed in any way,” the command’s spokesman said.
Enwonwu, in his reaction, said the hoodlums have ulterior motives and capitalised on the opportunity of protests to carry out their evil intentions.
He stated that this led to the ‘coordinated attacks’ on police officers and innocent citizens, sending them to their early graves.
The police commissioner revealed that due to the attacks, some of the police AK 47 rifles have gone missing.
He, therefore, called on the people to be vigilant and immediately report any individual or group of people who were not police or military personnel, but seen with such rifles, to the nearest police station.
Enwonwu also appealed to them to be law-abiding and avoid the full wrath of the law from catching up with them.
He asked parents and guardians to warn their children and wards of the impending danger of going to the road.
The police commissioner, however, said the police, in partnership with Operation Burst of the Nigerian Army, were making effort to restore calm in the area and prevent further attacks.
Pandemonium has broken out in the Lekki Toll Gate Area of Lagos State as armed security personnel stormed the scene of the #EndSARS protests and opened fire at protesters.
While details of the incident are still sketchy, there have been reports of various casualties, with many sustaining gunshot wounds.
Some videos from eyewitnesses at the scene of the incident have shown some persons bleeding seriously, while others tried to extract the bullets.
Others were seen administering CPR to some injured persons, to resuscitate them.
The incident comes hours after the Lagos State Government declared a 24-hour curfew as part of efforts to stop the violence which had broken out in some parts of the state by criminal elements who have been hijacking the protests.
Although the curfew was to commence at 4:00 pm, many were still seen protesting across the state.
At the Lekki Toll Gate which has been one of the major converging points, peaceful and unarmed protesters were still seen gathered in large numbers around 5:00 pm, an hour after the curfew was to have commenced.
The situation, however, took a turn for the worse around 7:00 pm when the security operatives stormed the area and started shooting sporadically.
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The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has declared a 24-hour curfew across the state after hoodlums hijacked the peaceful #EndSARS protests.
The curfew is expected to take effect from 10:00 pm on Tuesday.
According to Governor Fayemi, with the spate of violence, looting and even rape witnessed especially in the last 48 hours, it became necessary to impose the curfew to avoid a further breakdown of law and order.
“The hoodlums have capitalised on the ENDSARS protest to rape, assault, rob and extort innocent citizens across the state, in addition to the wanton destruction of properties, particularly private properties,” the governor was quoted to have said in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Biodun Oyebanji.
“Government is concerned that if this state of affairs is allowed to continue unabated, it will lead to a breakdown of law and order thereby threatening the wellbeing of the people of Ekiti State”.
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The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has directed the closure of schools from Wednesday, October 21, 2020.
Although the schools had just resumed, a statement by the Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Femi Agagu, says that the decision followed the nationwide protest and the need to ensure the safety of students and staff.
“Parents and the public are to note this directive and all schools are to comply.
“Any inconvenience is regretted, while the State Government would ensure the resumption of our schools as soon as possible.
“Thank you and God bless”.