Dozens killed as Security forces open fire on #EndSars protesters

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Dozens of people were killed on Tuesday in Lagos, Abuja in the FCT, Kano, Oyo, Ogun and Plateau states, while many others sustained injuries following altercations in the ongoing #EndSARS protests in different parts of the country.

Among the victims were security operatives, pro and anti- SARS protesters and passers-by.

Business premises and vehicles were also destroyed as those for and against #EndSARS protests targeted each other.

It was gathered that miscreants also seized the opportunity to loot and maim in different places.

The Senate on Tuesday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to speak to Nigerians, while the House of Representatives told him to come up with an Executive Order against the ongoing protests.

Curfew has been imposed in Lagos, Plateau, Osun, Abia, Ekiti, Ondo and others.

The #EndSARS protest turned bloody at Dutse Alhaji area of Bwari Area Council in FCT as five people reportedly lost their lives following the injuries they sustained from gunshots.

While some people alleged that the deceased were killed by the police, the FCT Command of the Nigeria Police Force denied the allegation, saying they only restored peace in the area.

Soon after the killing, the police post at Dutsen Makaranta was set ablaze by rampaging protesters while several vehicles were also burnt.

An eye witness told Daily Trust that the protest, which started at about 8 am, was initially peaceful until the arrival of a team of police personnel in four trucks.

“Immediately the police arrived they started shooting at the protesters, leading to the killing of the five victims.

“This development sparked outrage by the other protesting youths who went and set the Police Post at Dutsen Makaranta on fire even as several commuting vehicles were also burnt,” the witness said.

He said after the shooting, the police immediately left the scene while corpses of the victims were evacuated to the Bwari General Hospital.

However, in a statement on Tuesday, the spokesperson of the FCT Police Command, ASP Maryam Yusuf, described the claim that their operatives killed protesters at Dutsen Makaranta as malicious and mischievous.

She said the FCT police command professionally succeeded in restoring calm at the area during a violent clash that ensued between the #EndSARS and #PRoSARS protesters.

“During the unfortunate incident, the protesters suddenly went berserk, leaving two persons dead and one injured,” she said

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