Nigerian police beat, arrest protesters at website of Lekki shootings

Nigerian police beat and arrested demonstrators on Saturday as a small group protested over the reopening of the location the place activists denouncing police brutality had been shot final 12 months within the industrial capital, Lagos, Reuters witnesses mentioned.

Rights group Amnesty Worldwide and witnesses have mentioned troopers opened fireplace on protesters on Oct. 20, killing at the very least 12 folks at a toll gate within the metropolis’s prosperous Lekki district and one other space. The navy has denied taking pictures dwell rounds and the police have denied involvement.

There was a heavy presence of armed law enforcement officials on Saturday on the toll gate, the place a gaggle of about 15 protesters gathered regardless of calls by the federal government this week to scrap the demonstration, Reuters witnesses mentioned.

A minimum of six of the protesters had been crushed with truncheons and arrested earlier than being pushed away in police vans.

“They’re already manhandling us, however we’re not going to be deterred. We’re not going to step down,” mentioned one man, who didn’t present his identify and spoke to Reuters as he was being arrested.