Lagos State Police Command on Friday, October 23, 2020, said that police officers are currently patrolling major parts of the city to ensure the safety of residents and they plead with everyone to stay indoors.
They also noted that during the patrol of security forces on Friday morning, sporadic gunshots were heard in parts of Lagos following the days of unrest and the shooting of protesters that sparked condemnation at home and abroad.
It would be recalled that protests against police abuse erupted on October 8 after a video of an officer allegedly killing a civilian went viral.
Despite the disbanding of the police unit accused of brutality, the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), protests spread and violence escalated.
Anger spread further after pictures and videos on social media showed security forces shooting on a peaceful crowd of around 1,000 protesters on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
However, Amnesty International said 12 people were killed in the incident, with a total of 56 people dead in the unrest across the country.
In his televised broadcast on Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari warned demonstrators not to “undermine national security” as he called for an end to widespread protests gripping Africa’s most populous country.
He appealed to the youth to “resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos”.
He further said, “For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated”.