In the wake of the mass shooting at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos on Tuesday night, angry youths have been torching business complexes and properties worth billions of naira.
The Nigerian soldiers had opened fire on unarmed anti-police brutality protesters at about 7:00 pm on Tuesday, leaving many dead while scores sustained varied degree of injuries.
The mob believed to be hoodlums have so far set ablaze the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) buildings at the Marina area of Lagos, Television Continental (TVC) at CMD area, Mass Transit buses at Oyingbo area, five Police stations, private cars, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s family house at Surulere, and there are reports that Channels TV at Isheri area is also under attack as we write.
The Tuesday shooting started shortly after Sanwo-Olu declared a statewide 24-hour curfew to stop the criminal elements who had hijacked the #EndSARS peaceful protests. But the legitimate demonstrators refused to vacate the known protest ground at Lekki toll plaza. Consequently, the military moved in on them and rained bullets on the sit-in protesters for hours.
According to journalist Sulaiman Aledeh, a few hours before the shooting, CCTV cameras were removed and lights were switched off. The lights reportedly came back on when the shooting spree finished.
Prelude to the killings at #LekkitollgateMassacre CCTV cameras were removed and the lights switched off! Now, many phone lines are down! Coincidence or deliberate? 💔 😥 😔 #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutalityInNigeriaNow #ReformThePoliceForce #NigeriaYouthsLiveMatter
— sulaiman aledeh (@aledeh) October 21, 2020
However, Sanwo-Olu has denied reports of fatalities as a result of the shooting while admitting that ‘powers beyond his control’ ordered the military action.
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