Nigeria president skips over protester deaths in speech

  • Nigeria president skips over protester deaths in speech

Nigeria president skips over protester deaths in speech

Other accounts suggested the gunfire resulted from an attempted jailbreak by prisoners.

Soldiers patrolled the streets of the city on Thursday a day after several buildings - including police stations, a TV channel and the port - were torched.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari warned protesters Thursday to stop the unrest that has gripped the country in recent days but made no mention of the shootings of peaceful protesters that killed at least 12 people and prompted worldwide outrage.

The Governor also sustained his earlier assertion that no protester died in the incident, stressing that he and officials of the State Government had gone round private and public health facilities across the State without being able to identify bodies of those allegedly killed in the incident except one that died from blunt force trauma and another corpse that was recovered by the police in the Victoria Island area with bullet wounds.

The Feminist Coalition also advised people to follow any curfews that may be in place in their states.

A fire broke out in the district's prison, the state government said.

Sanwo-Olu did not say whether he would accept the offer, but called on leaders to keep young people including protesters off the streets.

Unrest has broken out across the state, which is under 24-hour curfew, sparked by protests and the shooting of civilians by security forces on Tuesday evening. "Look at those youths that died, at least even for the sake that they were carrying the flag alone, and the blood that stained a whole Nigerian flag, those youths were not even mentioned", Abor said. "Let us come together and start a real healing process", the governor said.

"It's not a security camera, it's not a camera for humans or something".

Babajide Sanwo-Olu has relaxed the curfew imposed on Lagos State with effect from Saturday, October 24, 2020, he made the announcement on Friday. A military spokesman declined further comment, saying reporters should wait for the outcome of a Lagos state investigation into the incident.

He added that security experts would be involved to analyse the recordings of the CCTV security cameras to ensured the footages captured since the time the protesters started camping at the tollgate were not tampered with.

Al Jazeera's Idris reported violence also erupted again in Lekki on Thursday and security forces were deployed to the area.

The shootings have been widely condemned, but Buhari did not speak of them at all during national address Thursday, and instead urged protesters to stop their demonstrations.

"We welcome an immediate investigation into any use of excessive force by members of the security forces", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

The Nigerian army took to Twitter repeatedly on Wednesday, labeling various reports about Tuesday's alleged incident as "fake news". Police Minister Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi told the BBC that troops were not ordered to open fire on protesters. "The Vice President and the Counselor noted that the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are essential human rights and core democratic principles".