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Nigeria conducts probe on shooting of protesters

27 Oct 2020, 20:44 GMT+10

LAGOS, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- An investigation is underway to find people culpable in last Tuesday's shooting at Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos, Nigeria's economic, according to the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

In a statement reaching Xinhua on Tuesday, Sanwo-Olu vowed a full investigation by the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry on what happened and people suspected of misconduct would be held accountable.

"People have claimed that their friends and family members have been killed. So, this Judicial Panel of Inquiry is meant to bring all of these stories to accountability, where we can make restitution, where families can prove and identify officers that were responsible for this," the governor said.

Sanwo-Olu expressed confidence that there would be a positive change as the investigation launched on Monday reveals what has happened in the past couple of days with protests in different parts of Nigeria by the youths.

A massive shooting happened on October 20 at a protest ground in Lagos where protesters were protesting against brutality by the police. Sanwo-Olu said in a statewide broadcast on the following day that 28 persons were injured in the shooting incident, which had drawn concerns from international communities including the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States.

Violence has been reported in several cities as suspected "hoodlums" blamed by the government reportedly took control of the peaceful protests by citizens calling for extensive reform of the police since early October.

A total of 69 people, including civilians, policemen and soldiers, were killed during protests nationwide for the past days, a government spokesperson told Xinhua on Friday, after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari held an emergency meeting with former Nigerian leaders aimed at finding ways to end the unrest.

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