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Pray For Nigeria: Things Worsen As Shots Ring Out During Protests
If you have been following international news, or following along with the #endSARS movements on social media, then you know that youth in Lagos, Nigeria are currently being targeted by police.
Pleas have been ringing out from young Nigerians asking for anyone with a voice to help them during this time.
A local Nigerian DJ, @djswitch_, went live for several hours on Tuesday to show the world exactly what is happening in real time. The graphic footage showed protestors who were shot after the national army was deployed.
DJ Switch could be heard on her video asking for someone to send help because there were no ambulances or medical staff being sent to help those who were injured, or even killed. It is said that most ambulances are a private entity in the state, and therefore have the right to refuse to service anyone. There are very few public ambulatory services, and many of those are currently being blocked from getting to wounded protestors.
The live ended only after her phone died.
According to ARISE News (@arisenewsofficial) authorities in Lagos State placed a ban on all forms of protests, gatherings, and processions. This news came just after Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state, too.
“Due to the new development of violent attacks on police officers and men and formations including innocent Nigerians in Lagos State and the 24-hour curfew imposed by the Lagos State Government, the Lagos State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that henceforth, no protest or gathering or procession under whatever guise, is permitted within Lagos State,” Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer said in a statement.
Security agencies were then deployed to enforce the ban and curfew, this is when things turned chaotic. The Governor believes that much of the chaos is coming from criminals posing under the guise of local authorities, which is causing innocent lives to taken.
We will keep you updated as things continue to unfold.