Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria, continues this Thursday under a curfew, with its streets deserted and its shops closed, a day after a day of death Y violence after the bloody repression of peaceful demonstrations.
At least 38 people died across the country on Tuesday, including 12 protesters in Lagos, where the army and police fired firearms at the protests, especially at the Lekki toll, according to International Amnesty. Since the start of the demonstrations two weeks ago, 56 people have died across the country, according to this NGO.
Thousands of young people in the big cities of Nigeria, initially mobilized via social media, have been taking to the streets for 15 days to denounce police violence and the ineffectiveness and corruption of the central power.
This Thursday, several shots were heard and thick black smoke emanated from the roof of the Lagos central prison, according to an AFP journalist. “They are attacking the prison,” they told police officers located near the prison.
In addition, at least 20 other people were reportedly killed on Tuesday after a coordinated attack against a village located in Zamfara, in the northwest of the country. The police have indicated that the attackers allegedly accused the villagers of cooperating with the security forces.
Two days after the crackdown, which generated condemnations across the globe, the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari he had not yet addressed his fellow citizens. His silence has been widely criticized and several personalities called for his resignation. In turn, the police and the army, accused of this massacre, deny any responsibility.
But the videos recorded in Lekki show military personnel firing over a crowd waving flags and singing the national anthem. These images spread through social networks since Tuesday night and caused a wave of anger, on Wednesday, among hundreds of young people.
Several police stations, the headquarters of a television station and the Port Authority, as well as a bus terminal, were burned. There were also violent clashes between security forces and youth in various neighborhoods of the city.
The repression of the demonstrations, on Tuesday, provoked widespread international condemnation
The European Union it deemed it “crucial that those responsible for these abuses be brought to justice and held accountable,” while the UN called for “an end to police brutality and abuses in Nigeria.”
The presidential candidate in United States, Joe Biden, asked “President Buhari and the military to stop the violent repression that has cost the lives of several protesters,” as he wrote on his website.
For her part, the High Commissioner of the HIM-HER-IT for Human Rights, Michelle bachelet, considered that “it seems quite clear that Nigerian forces used excessive force, shooting, and killing with live bullets.”