A Nigerian cop was caught taking pictures a police-brutality protester within the again — then dragging his limp physique down the road as extra gunfire rang out, in keeping with distressing video footage.
The video, verified by Reuters, reveals a handful of closely armed officers surrounding a few protesters in Nigeria’s largest metropolis Lagos on Wednesday, kicking a minimum of one among them as he lay on the bottom.
The digicam jerks away on the sound of a loud gunshot — with the officer firing into the person’s again, in keeping with the wire service.
The injured man is then dragged down the road, initially seeking to be struggling — earlier than lastly going fully limp as additional gunshots ring out round them.
It was not instantly clear if the protester survived.
Amnesty Worldwide mentioned the Nigerian military and police killed at least 12 peaceful protesters in Lagos, with violent clashes persevering with within the metropolis of 14 million.
Protesters reacted in anger when governor Obajide Sanwo-Olu denied any deaths — claiming solely warning photographs had been fired into the air — with a mob torching his household dwelling, in keeping with native studies.
The unrest continued Thursday, with plumes of smoke seen rising from Lagos’ Ikoyi Correctional Heart and gunfire but once more heard within the metropolis’s streets. Video additionally confirmed smoke rising from a fireplace in a mall.
The protests started two weeks in the past after a video circulated exhibiting a person being overwhelmed, apparently by law enforcement officials of the Particular Anti-Theft Squad, often called SARS.
In response, the federal government introduced it will ban the anti-robbery squad, which for a number of years human rights teams have blamed for widespread abuses, together with torture and killings.
Unhappy, the demonstrators are demanding an finish to abuse, and respect for human rights, in all components of the police power. The protests have stopped site visitors in Lagos, the capital Abuja and lots of different giant cities in Nigeria, a rustic of 196 million folks.
With Submit wires