Killings, violence mar #EndSARS protests

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#EndSARS Orile Iganmu Divisional Police Station, Lagos state burnt during the #EndSARS protests
Orile Iganmu Divisional Police Station, Lagos state burnt during the #EndSARS protests

Scores of people were killed on Tuesday as the violence triggered by the hijack of #EndSARS protests expanded across the country.

Governors took drastic actions to end the violence, arson and killings.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun), Hope Uzodimma (Imo), AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq (Kwara), and Simeon Lalong (Plateau) imposed curfew on their states.

Many policemen were killed and police stations set ablaze. Other public offices were either set on fire or invaded by hoodlums disguising as protesters.

Deal of the day

A private hospital was burnt in Lagos because the hoodlums accused its officials of refusing to admit an injured for treatment.

Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu deployed riot policemen across the country to protect police facilities being attacked and destroyed.

In Lekki, Lagos, last night, security agents dispersed the protesters at the tollgate by force. They fired shots.

Bonfires were seen in social media posts as the protesters, who did not leave the place after the curfew declared by Governor Sanwo-Olu took effect, scampered into safety.

According Governor Sanwo-Olu 28 protesters were injured with most of them having mild to moderate levels of injuries while two are receiving intensive medical care.

The Lagos State Government ordered an investigation into the Lekki incident.

A statement by Commissioner for Information and Strategy Gbenga Omotoso, said the government will do everything within its power to ensure that the lives of all Lagosians are protected at all times.

The statement added: “Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has advised the security agents not to arrest anyone on account of the curfew, which he urges residents to observe for the peaceful atmosphere we all cherish.

”He advises Lagosians to remain calm and not allow criminals, who have hijacked the noble protest of our gallant youths, to succeed in their evil plan of turning our dear State upside down.”

Amnesty Internation also said it will probe the incident.

The figure of those killed at different locations was put at 33, including policemen.

Seven people were feared killed in Lagos; 10 in Abuja; eight in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, two each in Kano, Ekiti and Edo states; and one in Ogun State.

The Oyo Police Command said it lost two men; the Lagos command said it was still compiling the number of casualties.

A policeman was feared dead in Aba, the commercial city of Abia State.

At least, seven police stations, a council secretariat and a hospital in Lagos, were torched.

No fewer than 20 vehicles were burnt in Lagos; another 20 in Kano; 10 in Ibadan and six in Plateau.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police said seven persons were killed in Apo, Abuja on Monday, when thugs disrupted the #ENDSARS protest.

Police Public Relations Officer, Yusuf Mariam, said seven people have been confirmed dead of as yesterday, and that calm had been restored in the area.

No fewer than three persons were feared killed and others injured in Dutse Alhaji area yesterday as thugs continued to unleash mayhem in the FCT.

The Dutse Makaranta Police Station was set ablaze by suspected hoodlums.

Also torched were a church and a filling station; many vehicles and shops in the area were vandalised.

The thugs, some of which were seen brought in an unmarked SUV and a police van, attacked protesters in various locations randomly.

The FCT Police Command refuted reports that policemen shot at five protesters in Abuja.

The Command said, on the contrary, they succeeded in restoring calm at Dutse-Alhaji.