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24-hour curfew imposed on Lagos amid anti-police brutality protests in Nigeria

October 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The governor of Nigeria's commercial hub Lagos imposed a state-wide curfew on Tuesday in response to growing protests over police brutality in the country.

(CNN)The governor of Nigeria's commercial hub Lagos imposed a state-wide curfew on Tuesday in response to growing protests over police brutality in the country.

Demonstrators have taken part in daily protests across the country for nearly two weeks over widespread claims of kidnapping, harassment and extortion by a police unit know as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

On Monday, the state's government said in a tweet that it was closing all Lagos schools, urging students to learn using radio, television and online media similar to how studies took place during the Covid-19 lockdown.

SARS was disbanded on October 11 and a new police unit to replace it will be trained by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Reuters reported Monday.

Amnesty International said in a tweet on Tuesday that "thugs and sponsored hoodlums" are attacking peaceful protestors across Nigeria.

A 17-year-old died in police custody on Monday in Kano, a city in the north of the country, after allegedly being tortured, said the human rights group.

Videos on social media show dozens of cars belonging to protestors burning and Amnesty International said three people died.

It is uncertain who is to blame for the breakout, with protestors claiming it was staged by police.

The Nigeria Police Force said in a tweet that protestors carted away arms and ammunition from the armory before freeing suspects in custody and setting the facilities alight.

Edo state governor Godwin Obaseki imposed a curfew on Monday, tweeting about "disturbing incidents of vandalism and attacks on private individuals and institutions by hoodlums in the guise of #EndSARS protesters. "

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