October 22, 2020

Nigerian Police Shoot Peaceful Protesters And Politicians Caught Hoarding Emergency Pandemic Supplies

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, “Two weeks of nationwide protests against police brutality in Nigeria turned deadly Tuesday as security forces fired live rounds on demonstrators, killing several people. The decision to use military force to quell the demonstrations shifts politics into an uncertain phase in West Africa’s most populous nation and largest oil producer.”

The report goes on to say, “Nigerians began demonstrating in early October, calling for the ban of a notorious police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, that has been long accused of violent harassment. The protests erupted after a video showed a SARS officer allegedly shooting a man in Delta state before driving off. Peaceful protests, organized under the hashtag #EndSARS, spread across the country of 206 million people and to Nigerian diaspora communities in the U.S. and Europe in solidarity with a movement that has sought to bridge the country’s traditional sectarian and economic divides.”

Photo: Demonstrators gather on the street to protest against alleged police brutality, despite a round-the-clock curfew imposed by the authorities on the Nigerian state of Lagos, Nigeria October 20, 2020. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja

There have also been claims that Nigerian politicians have been hoarding pandemic supplies donated for emergency relief. Apparently only a small portion of Nigerians benefitted from those donations.

Once the enormous hoard of supplies were discovered it created a frenzy. People who desperately needed emergency relief jumped at the opportunity to secure resources for themselves, and their families.

Photo: Armed men are seen near burning tires on a street in Lagos, Nigeria Oct. 21, 2020, in this image obtained from social media. (Credit: UnEarthical)
Photo: Police officers detain a protester at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria
Photo: Protesters in Lagos built barricades, blocking roads in Nigeria’s commercial hub (Reuters)