Television producer Henry Kufre said that he ran for his life on Tuesday night during a shooting in Lagos, Nigeria that started five minutes after he arrived at the peaceful protest.
“I started hearing gunshots, multiple gunshots and the big screen that was lighting that area went off. Everyone was in total darkness,” Kufre said.
Witnesses reported soldiers opening fire on civilians in an incident a rights group said may have caused deaths.
The Lagos state governor said 30 people were hurt in the shooting during the demonstration at a toll gate in the Lekki district, a focal point of nearly two weeks of nationwide protests against allegations of systematic police brutality.
Four witnesses have said soldiers fired their weapons and at least two people had been shot. Two of the witnesses said the toll gate’s lights were turned off before the shooting began. One said he saw soldiers remove bodies.
Thousands of Nigerians demonstrated in protests initially focused on a police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
However, many were also driven closer to poverty by the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 60,000, killed 1,125 and triggered springtime lockdowns.
The SARS unit – which rights groups have long accused of extortion, harassment, torture and murder – was disbanded on Oct. 11 but the protests have persisted with calls for law enforcement reforms.
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