The Lagos state government has announced that the previously imposed 20:00-06:00 (local time) curfew, implemented after violent protests against police brutality, has been reduced as of Friday, October 30. The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso made the announcement that from Friday, people will be allowed to freely travel and trade between the hours of 06:00-22:00.
President Muhammadu Buhari previously announced that at least 51 civilians and 18 members of security forces had been killed during the recent violent unrest. A further 37 civilians have reportedly been injured. The president blamed the violence on "hooliganism" and asserted that security forces had acted with restraint. Buhari stated that rioters had killed 11 police officers and seven soldiers, as authorities claimed that the protest's initial aim of police reform had been hijacked by violent thugs.
Continued protests are possible throughout Nigeria over the near term. A heightened security presence and associated transport and business disruptions are to be expected near protest sites.
A series of protests organized through the #EndSARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) social media campaign have been held across Nigeria over the past few months and intensified in recent days, with demonstrations having led to fatal clashes between protesters and security forces. Unrest has continued despite an announcement by President Muhammadu Buhari that the controversial SARS police unit would be disbanded and replaced by a new agency called SWAT, a move which protesters have rejected.
Those in Lagos state are advised to abide by the curfew and monitor any changes to the security situation, avoid the vicinity of any demonstrations, and adhere to all instructions issued by authorities.
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