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President calls for calm after protesters shot in Nigeria

October 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

People hold banners as they demonstrate on the street to protest against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020. After 13 days of protests against police brutality, authorities have imposed a 24-hour curfew in Lagos Nigeria???s largest city as moves are made to stop growing violence. ( AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed for "understanding and calm" after protests against police brutality in Lagos turned bloody on Tuesday, with eyewitnesses telling CNN that multiple demonstrators had been shot dead by Army soldiers, who then took the bodies away.

(CNN)Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed for "understanding and calm" after protests against police brutality in Lagos turned bloody on Tuesday, with eyewitnesses telling CNN that multiple demonstrators had been shot dead by Army soldiers, who then took the bodies away.

Human rights group Amnesty International said that after an on-the-ground investigation it had found that twelve people were killed during protests in two locations in Lagos on Tuesday.

It said that "evidence gathered from eyewitnesses, video footage and hospital reports" confirmed that over a period of about two hours "the Nigerian military opened fire on thousands of people who were peacefully calling for good governance and an end to police brutality. "

The army has dismissed reports that protesters were shot dead as "fake news. " The Nigerian Army and police did not return requests for comment.

Eyewitnesses told CNN shots rang out during a peaceful protest at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos as activists chanted the national anthem and asked for police brutality to end.

Eyewitnesses told CNN that a number of protesters were killed by security forces.

The Governor's comments directly contradict statements from several eyewitnesses who said they had seen multiple casualties at the protest.

Eyewitnesses said the violence continued into Wednesday morning, and that it appeared to have spread beyond the original protest site.

He said the police had been on his street earlier on Wednesday morning, and that three people had been killed.

The Nigeria police force said in a tweet that protesters carted away arms and ammunition from the armory before freeing suspects in custody and setting the facilities alight.

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