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17 oct. 2020 | 22h49 UTC

Nigeria: Attack on protest in Osogbo (Osun state) kills three October 17 /update 9

Nigeria Alerte de sécurité

Group attacks #EndSARS protests in Osogbo (Osun state) on October 17, killing three; further unrest likely over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 17/10/2020, 12h00 until 19/10/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Osogbo (Osun state), Osun state

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Event

At least three people were killed as a group armed with crude weapons attacked people taking part in protests associated with the #EndSARS movement in Osogbo on Saturday, October 17. The incident occurred at around 16:00 (local time) as Governor Gboyega Oyetola addressed the crowd. The governor's convoy was also damaged by projectiles in the incident.

Further protests are likely to occur in the near term and associated violence may occur in the vicinity of any demonstrations.

Context

A series of protests organized by the #ENDSARS social media campaign have been held across Nigeria over the past few months and have intensified in recent days, with demonstrations having often led to clashes between protesters and security forces. Unrest has continued despite an announcement by President Muhammadu Buhari that SARS would be disbanded and replaced by a new agency called SWAT, a move which protesters have rejected.

Advice

Those in Osun state are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the vicinity of any demonstrations, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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