Police kill Lagos protester as mob burns van over xenophobia
The protest at the Circle Mall, Jakande, in the Lekki area of Lagos State, had taken a tragic turn as a protester has been reportedly shot dead by men of the Nigeria Police Force.
A police van was set ablaze by an angry mob that had stormed the mall.
A video posted on Twitter and confirmed by some residents showed a body on the floor as gunshots rent the air. Another video showed a police van burning.
A third clip filmed by a motorist showed a man masked with a handkerchief wielding a cutlass.
“What is happening? Why are all these boys doing like this? Are they fighting the police or Shoprite?” the motorist said.
An actress, Belinda Effah, who was caught in the fracas, claimed that hoodlums had hijacked the protest.
She added that the men had been attacking motorists and called for government’s help.
“Jakande area is very unsafe right now; Area boys everywhere. Everyone ran and left their cars just now. As I was about to run out, the boys carrying machetes and stones told me it’s not me they are after, they are looking for South Africans to kill. These same boys vandalised some cars. I saw one of them stone a car and broke the windshield. After a while, they came to our car and asked for some money. They have blocked the Jakande Road and passengers are so afraid. Nigerian government please come to our aid,” she wrote on Twitter.
South African Police have not shot any South African but Nigerian Police have already killed a Nigerian for a Peaceful Protest against Xenophobia. You cant write this script of madness 😡 https://t.co/AeZuydQ0u0
— King N●-N● 🌟 (@Zaddy_nomso) September 3, 2019
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said there was calm in the area.
When asked about the online videos, including the one showing the burning police vehicle, he said he was not ready to comment.
Elkana said, “Everywhere is calm. It is not now that it is burning (the police vehicle). You asked about the situation now, and I said it is calm.
“I don’t have the figure (of casualty) and I don’t want to comment on it. This is a sensitive issue. I don’t want to escalate it or speculate also.”
Tuface Voice in
President muhamadu Buhari, senetors,governors,traditional rulers,ministers,prominent nigerians,inspector generals,PDP/APC.This is becoming too shameful. How can we have no dignity in our polity. Nigerians are being killed home and abroad and its all politics as usual. Shame.
— IG: @official2baba (@official2baba) September 2, 2019
Xenophobia is a result of so many brainwashing things. We need proper African education and resetting of our thinking which should be the next main course of action after subduing this attacks or else it will happen again. Only SOLUTIONS will solve things in Africa now .
— IG: @official2baba (@official2baba) September 3, 2019
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— TheCable (@thecableng) September 3, 2019