Lekki Shooting: Condemnations Trail Killing of Peaceful #EndSARS Protesters

Several people have been killed and others injured after security operatives opened fire at #EndSARS protesters in the Lekki area of Lagos State, witnesses have said.

Security operatives had stormed the scene of the protest on Tuesday night hours after the Lagos Government announced a 24-hour curfew and opened fire.

Many turned to social media to share their experiences. In various tweets and Instagram posts shared, many containing video clips capturing sounds of gunshots and people with gunshot wounds and more, the protesters expressed outrage at what transpired at the venue.

In the process, eyewitnesses said the security operatives fired live bullets at protesters there.

However, condemnations both locally and internationally have trailed the Lekki shooting incident.

American Politician, Hillary Clinton, has called on the Nigerian Government to stop killing #EndSARS protesters.

Clinton made the call in a tweet on Tuesday, in reaction to the shooting by officers of the Nigerian Army that occurred in the Lekki Toll Gate Area of the Lagos State killings.

“I’m calling on @mbuhari and the @hqnigerianarmy to stop killing young #EndSARS protesters. #StopNigerianGovernment,” she wrote.


On her part, multi-award winning hip hop singer Rihanna has lent voice to the ongoing massacre in Nigeria via her Twitter handle @rihanna on Wednesday morning.

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Rihanna tweeted a blood stayed Nigeria flag and a graphic that has the inscription of her wish to Nigerians who are suffering police brutality.

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Actor, Media Presenter, and Fashion Consultant, Dénola Grey described the shooting as crazy, saying “This is beyond crazy. I’m broken. Nigeria has failed us #EndSARS”.

Another tweeted “Let it be known that Tuesday 20th day of October in the year of our Lord 2020. Men of the arm forces waited till dark, turned out the light and open fire at unarmed protesters. There is no way to spin it. This was a planned massacre.”

British-Nigerian heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua has condemned the recent killings and violence in Nigeria saying that they are horrendous on Wednesday.

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According to the boxer in a multiple tweets, ”The situation has escalated, the violence and killings are horrendous. All because of people saying they want to live in peace?

”I pray God opens the gates for the heroes of Nigeria! This was never a trend for me! It’s real life and I want to learn how to make lasting change.

”I’m looking at hospitals to support, along with food and care packages in the time being Nigeria.”

 

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