Soldiers opened fire on Nigerians protesting against police brutality in the Lekki district of the commercial capital Lagos on Tuesday, shooting at least two people, three witnesses told Reuters.

Demonstrators hold hands as they gather near the Lagos State House, despite a round-the-clock curfew imposed by the authorities on the Nigerian state of Lagos in response to protests against alleged police brutality, Nigeria October 20, 2020.

The toll gate in the upmarket Lekki district has been the site of daily protests in Lagos, Africa’s biggest city.

Lagos state government said it would open an investigation into the shooting, which witnesses said took place around 7 p.m. (1800 GMT).The weeks-long protests were sparked by a video that began circulating in early October purportedly showing SARS here officers shooting a man in southern Delta state.

Authorities on Tuesday imposed a round-the-clock curfew on Lagos in response to the protests, which the state governor said had turned violent.

It is one of three of Nigeria’s 36 states to have announced such measures in the last two days, placing millions of people in Africa’s most populous country under curfew.

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