Riot police fire tear gas at student protest in Lagos

At least four police officers were injured and two people arrested after riot police clashed with students and other protesters in Lagos on Thursday night. The protesters were demonstrating in honor of victims of…

Riot police fire tear gas at student protest in Lagos

At least four police officers were injured and two people arrested after riot police clashed with students and other protesters in Lagos on Thursday night. The protesters were demonstrating in honor of victims of a police shoot-out in August that left six people dead on the streets of the crowded Lagos Island.

Police shot the six individuals after allegedly catching them taking part in a kidnapping operation. One survivor claims that police held him captive for days before forcing him to fight for his life. According to the Guardian, “on the night of the operation, three abductees were alive at home while the fourth body was discovered on the road near the tollgate in a heavily soaked pool of blood.”

Protesters that gathered later in the evening on Thursday chanted “No justice, no peace,” “We don’t go to check in but out,” and “Face justice.” Many of the protesters were children.

Protests have not been confined to Lagos, with riot police closing roads in recent days on the orders of Lagos state Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who has ordered officials to close all toll gates indefinitely in an attempt to protect the flow of traffic on Lagos’ roads. But protesters have criticized the measures, which also include the closure of school halls on Thursdays and Fridays, and the banning of school buses on Sundays.

Read the full story at the Times of London.

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