Nigeria End Sars protests: President Buhari says 69 killed in unrest

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

Rights group Amnesty International said the Nigerian army and police killed at least 12 peaceful protesters at two locations in Lagos - Lekki and Alausa - on Tuesday. Overall, 56 people have died across the country since demonstrations against police abuse and bad governance began on October 8.

"For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation".

"Under no circumstances would this be tolerated", he added.

In his short speech, Buhari called on protesters to stop demonstrating and the worldwide community, which has expressed concern over the incident, to "know all facts". "Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding".

Even as Buhari was speaking, irate Nigerians flooded social media with denunciations.

"With this speech, it is confirmed we are on our own. Sad", posted Henry Okechukwu. Why is the call for police reform resonating so loudly among Nigerians who say they have had enough? The squad was originally launched to fight crime. But instead, protesters were met with brute force from police officers, most of whom still walk free.

Amnesty International said in a report that at least 12 people were killed and hundreds more were severely injured on Tuesday night when Nigerian security forces opened fire without warning on two large gatherings of peaceful protesters in parts of Lagos, Nigeria's largest city.

While the shootings in Lagos have prompted global outrage and have been widely condemned, the Nigerian military has denied responsibility.

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Meanwhile, the governor of Lagos, who imposed a round-the-clock curfew on the deadly shooting, published on Friday a list of 21 cases of policemen being prosecuted "for offences related to the violation of human rights in Lagos". The looting and gunfire continued Thursday.

Gunfire rang out in the affluent Ikoyi neighbourhood of Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos on Thursday with witnesses saying assailants attacked a detention facility in the area that is home to government offices. He said it included 51 civilians, 11 police officers and seven soldiers.

Scores of rioters broke into a warehouse and stole food.

The group also said that it would no longer be receiving money but will use the $400,000 (£306,000) it has not yet spent, most of it donations from overseas, to fund hospitals bills, legal aid and relief for victims of police brutality.

In other parts of Lagos, a sprawling city of 14 million people, streets were empty and shops were shuttered, as residents largely obeyed a government curfew meant to curb the chaos. The African Union also called for an end to violence which followed protests against police brutality.

Opulence and grinding poverty are in close contact in Lagos, and the inequality sharpens grievances in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country.

Black Lives Matter activists in the USA issued a statement Thursday in support of Nigeria's anti-police brutality protesters.

"While the authorities have now dissolved SARS and announced a series of inquiries at both federal and state levels, there have still been few if any charges leveled against its members despite abundant evidence against various members of the squad, as well as members of other security forces and the army".

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