'Two persons killed, three policemen shot' during #EndSARS protests in Surulere Lagos

Two persons have been reportedly killed in a protest against police brutality in Lagos.

The two protesters were allegedly killed by police bullets during a demonstration in Surulere area of the state on Monday.

The persons were said to have died of gunshot wounds.

Meanwhile, the Lagos police command says three of its officers were shot during the protest.

Muyiwa Adejobi, spokesman of the Lagos police command, said the three policemen were shot by “fully armed” protesters.

Adejobi said he has no information on the death of any protester but added that some persons invaded a police formation in the area and shut three members of the disbanded unit.

He said the officers are currently receiving treatment at the intensive care unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).

“Three policemen were shot today. I am not aware if protesters were shot. Those that were shot are policemen and they are in LASUTH now; they are at the intensive care unit. That is what I know,” TheCable quoted him as saying.

“They are anti-kidnapping men and they were on mufti. I wouldn’t know if anyone was shot, perhaps the protesters because they are fully armed, they carry what policemen carry.

“It happened in Surulere this afternoon. They went to our anti-kidnapping office to attack policemen there. So they broke into the office by damaging some of the windows and they broke into the cell before they were repelled. I just left the station as well.”

Roads in Lekki, Surulere and Allen Avenue in Lagos were shut down on Monday as protests calling for the reform of the police and the compensation of victims of police brutality.

The #EndSARS protest, which trended as number one globally on Twitter, was triggered by incessant cases of brutality.

Before now, there has been a series of protests across the country demanding the end of the police unit which is notorious for human rights violations.

Owing to the mass outrage, police Mohammed Adamu had banned  operatives of SARS, the Special Tactical Squad (STS) and Intelligence Response Team (IRT) from undertaking routine patrols as well as stop and search duties.

But Nigerians were not pacified by this owing to similar promises of reforming the unit in the past which failed.

On Sunday, the police boss announced the disbandment of the police unit.

He said the operatives will be redeployed, and that a new policing arrangement will be set up to fill in the gaps.

There have been reports of attacks on protesters since the #EndSARS campaign began last week.

During the protests which were held across the country, casualties were recorded in different states.

Notably is Jimoh Isiaq, a protester who was killed in Ogbomosho in Oyo state on Saturday.

The police in Abuja also dispersed a crowd of protesters with live bullets, water cannons and tear gas, on Sunday.

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