Tragedy struck when armed soldiers reportedly fired the #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos this evening.
Nigerians continue the #EndSARS protest despite the declaration of a 24-hour curfew by the Lagos government to commence on Tuesday by 4 pm.
This unfortunate incident happened around 6:45 pm Nigerian time, with several casualties reported.
Injured victims have been rushed to the Reddington and Lagoon hospitals in the area. An official of one of the hospitals said that no dead casualty was brought to the hospitals but many injured victims were currently being treated at both health facilities.
“They are many I can’t count my fingers around them. We are currently treating them,” the official who did not want to be mentioned said.
The #EndSARS protesters have been demonstrating against police brutality and extrajudicial killings at the Lekki tollgate for over a week now.
Similar demonstrations have been staged in different parts of the state and the country at large.
The state commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, made this known in a statement after the attack.
The statement partly read, “There have been reports of shooting at the Lekki Toll Plaza, following the 24-hour curfew imposed on Lagos State to stop criminals who hid under the #EndSARS protests to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens.
“The State Government has ordered an investigation into the incident. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has advised the security agents not to arrest anyone on account of the curfew, which he urges residents to observe for the peaceful atmosphere we all cherish.”