Tuesday October 20th marked an extremely bloody day for protesters in Lagos Nigeria. For much of October, young Nigerians have been carrying out peaceful demonstrations calling for an end to police brutality and killings at the hands of government security forces including the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and the Special Weapons and Tactics team (SWAT). Despite the peaceful movement, credible sources say hours before the killings, Nigerian government officials ordered the dismantling of cameras and lighting near the Lekki Toll Gate-one of the epicenters of the demonstrations in Lagos. A curfew was hastily announced and footage of live bullets being fired on peaceful and unarmed protesters in the Toll Gate began to surface. Sources also say ambulances were blocked from entering and tending to shooting victims and corpses of shooting victims were seized and removed by the Nigerian Army.
The Nigerian army and government has continued to deny the events of October 20th, yet reports and footage of killings and attacks on Nigerian citizens have continued to surface in other parts of Nigeria including Rivers, Enugu, Akwa Ibom and Anambra.
Philly Nigerian Professionals came together to protest these gross human rights violations and acts of violence against Nigerian citizens and honor all the victims of violence in Nigeria.
May their souls rest in peace