About a week ago, we posted a short piece about the happening in Nigeria where the youths protested against the unlawful killings, extortion, and injustice by the police unit (SARS). It’s days after that article and things have gotten much worse in Nigeria.

The peaceful protest which has been going on for 13 days has taken another dimension as government-sponsored thugs have been invited to disrupt protests, some of them in the middle of it have injured protesters while some vandalized citizen’s properties.

As if this wasn’t enough, on Tuesday, 20th October 2020, after another invasion by thugs that led to the burning of a police station at Orile Iganmu area of Lagos, the Governor of the state, imposed a 24-hour curfew to begin by 4 PM. A sudden announcement that caught people unaware and it was uneasy for people to go back to their homes as the curfew was to begin in 3 hours.

Looking at the traffic situation in Lagos, it’ll be unrealistic for people to get home before 4 PM, some hours later, the government shifted the curfew time to 9 PM.

The protesters who were at their convergence point at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos refused to vacate the area as they demanded that their voice be heard by the government who was planning to get them off the roads by all means hence announcing a curfew.

Later in the afternoon on Tuesday, some workers at the Lekki Toll Gate came in to unplug the CCTV cameras from the area and that was when people knew something was being planned. The protesters remained calm and peaceful as always until it got dark and soldiers deployed to the location started shooting at unarmed protesters who were just demanding the right to life. As of the time of writing this, there have been over four confirmed deaths at the scene with several others injured as the soldiers are still in the area shooting.

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We at Rapzilla stand with all Nigerians in this current situation, we ask the world to also support them in this fight until justice is served.

Next Monday on Community During Chaos we will be having some guests from Nigeria to speak about the problem.