Photos: Hundreds protest in Lagos despite curfew

Hundreds of Nigerians defied a curfew and returned to the streets of Lagos to demonstrate against police brutality on October 21, a day after the security forces violently confronted protesters. Witnesses have reported that security forces open fired at the protesters on October 20 in which at least two people have died. The protests are focused on a police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), that was disbanded on October 11 but the protests have persisted with calls for law enforcement reforms.

Updated On Oct 22, 2020 11:27 AM IST 8 Photos
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Demonstrators raise slogans on the street against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria on October 20. Enforced by police roadblocks, Lagos was under a round-the-clock curfew on October 21, the day after witnesses reported that soldiers had opened fire on demonstrators during the ongoing protests, Reuters reported. (Sunday Alamba / AP)

Demonstrators raise slogans on the street against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria on October 20. Enforced by police roadblocks, Lagos was under a round-the-clock curfew on October 21, the day after witnesses reported that soldiers had opened fire on demonstrators during the ongoing protests, Reuters reported. (Sunday Alamba / AP)

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A view of the Ikoyi-Lekki Toll Gate which was burnt the previous night after security forces shot protestors few kilometres away from here, in Lagos on October 21. The Lagos state governor said 30 people were hurt in the shooting at the toll gate in the Lekki district, a focal point of nearly two weeks of nationwide protests. (Sophie Bouillon / AFP)

A view of the Ikoyi-Lekki Toll Gate which was burnt the previous night after security forces shot protestors few kilometres away from here, in Lagos on October 21. The Lagos state governor said 30 people were hurt in the shooting at the toll gate in the Lekki district, a focal point of nearly two weeks of nationwide protests. (Sophie Bouillon / AFP)

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu during his visit to a hospital where injured protesters are being treated in Lagos on October 21. The governor said one man had died in hospital from blunt force trauma to the head, though it was unclear if the victim had been a protester, Reuters reported. (Ademola Olaniran / Lagos State Government / REUTERS)

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu during his visit to a hospital where injured protesters are being treated in Lagos on October 21. The governor said one man had died in hospital from blunt force trauma to the head, though it was unclear if the victim had been a protester, Reuters reported. (Ademola Olaniran / Lagos State Government / REUTERS)

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Police personnel detain a protester at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos on October 21. Four witnesses told Reuters that soldiers had fired bullets and at least two people had been shot. Two of the witnesses said the lights were turned off at the gate shortly before the shooting began. (Sunday Alamba / AP)

Police personnel detain a protester at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos on October 21. Four witnesses told Reuters that soldiers had fired bullets and at least two people had been shot. Two of the witnesses said the lights were turned off at the gate shortly before the shooting began. (Sunday Alamba / AP)

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Smoke rises from Lagos mainland on October 21. Fires were burning across Lagos on October 21 and residents of Ebute Mette, Lagos island and Okota reported hearing gunfire. (Jacob Parakilas / REUTERS)

Smoke rises from Lagos mainland on October 21. Fires were burning across Lagos on October 21 and residents of Ebute Mette, Lagos island and Okota reported hearing gunfire. (Jacob Parakilas / REUTERS)

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A demonstrator gestures while holding a placard as another holds up a scarf with the colours of the Nigerian national flag during the protest at Magboro, Ogun State on October 20. Authorities imposed the curfew in Lagos on October 20 after the governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the protests had turned violent. (Pius Utomi Ekpei / AFP)

A demonstrator gestures while holding a placard as another holds up a scarf with the colours of the Nigerian national flag during the protest at Magboro, Ogun State on October 20. Authorities imposed the curfew in Lagos on October 20 after the governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the protests had turned violent. (Pius Utomi Ekpei / AFP)

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A demonstrator paints ‘End Sars,’ referring to the Special Anti Robbery Squad police unit, on a street during the protest in Lagos on October 20. Thousands of Nigerians have demonstrated in protests that initially focused on the SARS, that rights groups had for years accused of extortion, harassment, torture and murders, Reuters reported. (Seun Sanni / REUTERS)

A demonstrator paints ‘End Sars,’ referring to the Special Anti Robbery Squad police unit, on a street during the protest in Lagos on October 20. Thousands of Nigerians have demonstrated in protests that initially focused on the SARS, that rights groups had for years accused of extortion, harassment, torture and murders, Reuters reported. (Seun Sanni / REUTERS)

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Demonstrators gathered at a street during the ongoing protests against alleged police brutality in Lagos on October 20. SARS was disbanded on October 11 but the protests have persisted with calls for law enforcement reforms. (Temilade Adelaja / REUTERS)

Demonstrators gathered at a street during the ongoing protests against alleged police brutality in Lagos on October 20. SARS was disbanded on October 11 but the protests have persisted with calls for law enforcement reforms. (Temilade Adelaja / REUTERS)

Updated on Oct 22, 2020 11:27 AM IST
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