“Dear Lagosian, I looked back with shock at how what started as a peaceful #EndSARS protest has degenerated into a monster that is a threat to the well being of our society,” Babjid Sanwo-Olu wrote in a tweet, They announced 4 pm (local time) 24-hour curfew.
Only essential service providers and first responders will be allowed on the streets of Lagos, which has an estimated population of over 20 million.
Amnesty International said in a tweet on Tuesday that “thugs and sponsored hoodlings” are attacking peaceful protesters throughout Nigeria. Current deaths are not known, but deaths and serious injuries have been reported since the weekend.
The human rights group said that a 17-year-old man died in police custody in Kano, a city in the north of the country, who was allegedly tortured. On the same day, several protesters and journalists in the capital Abuja were attacked by police and thugs. Videos on social media showed dozens of protesters’ cars burning and Amnesty International said three people were killed.
Edo State Governor Godwin Obeski imposed the curfew on Monday, tweeting incidents of barbaric incidents and attacks on private individuals and institutions by hoodlums under the guise of #EndSARS protesters.