Police Station Set on Fire, Several Protesters Reportedly Shot in Nigeria

A Police Station in Nigeria has been set on fire and several people have reportedly been killed as protests continue to escalate across the country.

Orile Iganmu Police station in Lagos State was set ablaze as the "End Sars" protests became increasingly violent on Tuesday.

Footage posted to social media shows flames billowing out from the building while crowds cause mayhem in the surrounding streets.

In another clip from Tuesday, bursts of bullets can be heard as crowds of people run through the streets.

- Happening now : Angry mob set police station ablaze in Orile Iganmu, Lagos State

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— Postsubman (@Postsubman) October 20, 2020

It comes after assailants attacked three police stations just a day earlier—Ugbekun Police Station, Oba Market Police Station and Idogbo Police Post—in the city of Benin in Edo State, Nigeria's national force said.

Several news outlets have reported fatalities on Tuesday although none have been confirmed by authorities.

The spokesperson of the Apapa-Iganmu Local Government Area, Ayo Micheal told Punch he had received reports that two protesters were shot dead as they attacked the police station.

Orile iganmu police station is on fire 🔥🔥🔥 right now...stay safe guys 🥺#EndSARS  #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeraNOW pic.twitter.com/DkldKK16oZ

— 〽️ABDULMUTOLEEB OYELEKE  (@Oye440) October 20, 2020

One police officer at the Orile station shot and killed a resident, according to locals who spoke anonymously to THISDAY.

The publication also reported that the bodies of three yet-to-be identified young men were found dismembered in Ketu after riots in the area.

Meanwhile, Peoples Gazette reported that at least two protesters had been killed in the town of Apo, Abuja, and 26 more had been injured.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday announced a curfew affecting all parts of the region after the police station fire.

The curfew includes Lagos, Africa's largest city with 20 million inhabitants, and only essential workers are exempt.

The protests, which started about a fortnight ago with calls for an end to police brutality, have seen many young people using the social media hashtag #EndSars to campaign for the closure of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

Early on in the protests, police fired on protesters in the Surulere area of Lagos and elsewhere. Meanwhile, armed gangs have attacked protesters in Lagos and the capital Abuja.

Amnesty International said at least 15 people had been killed since the protests began.

Sanwo-Olu tweeted on Tuesday: "I have watched with shock how what began as a peaceful #EndSARS protest has degenerated into a monster that is threatening the well-being of our society.

I, therefore, hereby impose a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the State as from 4pm today, 20th October,2020. Nobody, except essential service providers and first responders must be found on the streets.

— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 20, 2020

"Lives and limbs have been lost as criminals and miscreants are now hiding under the umbrella of these protests to unleash mayhem on our state.

"As a government that is alive to its responsibility and has shown a commitment to the movement #ENDSARS, we will not watch and allow anarchy in our dear state.

"I, therefore, hereby impose a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the State as from 4pm today, 20th October,2020. Nobody, except essential service providers and first responders must be found on the streets."