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Nigerian police arrest protesters at Lekki shooting site

February 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Nigerian security forces have detained at least 12 people following protests over the reopening of the Lekki toll gate in Lagos on Saturday.

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Nigerian security forces have detained at least 12 people following protests over the reopening of the Lekki toll gate in Lagos on Saturday.

The toll plaza was the scene of a fatal shooting of unarmed protesters by Nigerian soldiers on October 20.

The facility had been shut since the night of the shooting, but a judicial panel -- set up by authorities to investigate reports of police brutality and the violent crackdown of #EndSARS protesters by the army -- recently voted for its reopening.

We must not lose our courage to speak in the face of oppression and brutality," Damilare Adenola said from the barred window of a police truck.

Adenola said he had come to the protests on Saturday to show support to the organizers and observe the demonstrations but was arrested when he refused to identify himself.

Another two people who had been arrested appeared at another window of the police truck and told CNN that they did not know why they had been taken into custody.

The Nigerian government earlier this week urged sympathizers of the #EndSARS movement to shelve plans for the renewed protests at the site.

Police clamped down heavily on the protesters who did show up by beating them with sticks before arresting them and confiscating #EndSARS posters.

Nigeria's Inspector General of Police announced in October that SARS would be dissolved and its officers redeployed, but protests have continued.

Following the October 20 incident, a CNN investigation found members of the Nigerian army and the police shot at the crowd, killing at least one person and wounding dozens more.

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