Following the 24-hour curfew imposed on Lagos amid anti-police brutality protests in Nigeria after hoodlums attempts to hijack the protest.
“Dear Lagosians, I have watched with shock how what began as a peaceful #EndSARS protest has degenerated into a monster that is threatening the well-being of our society,” the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, tweeted as he announced the 4 p.m. (local time) curfew for 24 hours.
The Governor said Only essential service providers and first responders will be allowed on the streets of Lagos, which has an estimated population of more than 20 million people.
According to Amnesty International in a tweet on Tuesday that “thugs and sponsored hoodlums” are attacking peaceful protestors across Nigeria. The current death toll is not known, but death and severe injuries have been reported since the weekend.
A 17-year-old died in police custody on Monday in Kano, a city in the north of the country, after allegedly being tortured, said the human rights group. Many protestors and journalists were assaulted by police and thugs in the capital Abuja on the same day. Videos on social media show dozens of cars belonging to protestors burning and Amnesty International said three people died.
Few hours after the state governor imposed the 24-hour curfew amid the ENDSARS and anti-police brutality protests which has attracted global attention, a crowd of Lagosians were spotted at Lekki Toll gate awaiting the state government next line of action.