"51 Civilians, 11 Police Officers & 7 Soldiers Killed In Protests Across Nigeria" – Buhari

Published On: October 24, 2020, 11:46 am (4 weeks ago)
Author: Mister Jay Wonder
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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says at least 69 people have been killed in protests against police brutality that have rocked the country.

The president announced the toll in an emergency meeting with former Nigerian leaders aimed at finding ways to end the unrest.

The protests have drastically subsided but an uneasy calm remains in several cities after the destruction wrought.

The protests in Nigeria began on 7 October with mostly young people demanding the scrapping of a notorious police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The unit was dissolved days later, but the protests continued, demanding broader reforms in the way Nigeria is governed.

They escalated after a shooting in the nation’s biggest city, Lagos, on Tuesday, when rights group Amnesty International says security forces killed at least 12 people. Nigeria’s army has denied any involvement.

At Friday’s meeting, President Buhari, 77, said his administration was committed to meeting the demands of the protesters. But he said his government would not fold its arms and allow criminals who had hijacked the protests to continue to perpetrate “hooliganism”.

The president told the meeting that 51 civilians, 11 police officers and seven soldiers had been killed in the unrest, his spokesperson said.

The president previously made a short televised address in which he urged protesters to stop demonstrating and instead engage with the government “in finding solutions”.

He however faced criticism for not mentioning the Lagos shootings, and touching on other critical matters bedevilling the polity.



Posted: (4 weeks ago) on 24-10-2020 11:46 AM | Addicted Hero
May God rest their souls and put an end to this menace
Posted: (4 weeks ago) on 24-10-2020 04:42 PM | Hero
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this man is still a military man why differentiating them, the point now is how many died in LEKKI Huh? Cry

Posted: (4 weeks ago) on 25-10-2020 06:12 PM | Addicted Hero
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