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Tensions rise in Nigeria as some 2,000 inmates escape in attacks on prisons

Issued on: 20/10/2020 – 22:00Modified: 20/10/2020 – 22:01 Nigerian authorities said on Tuesday that nearly 2,000 inmates had broken out of jail after crowds attacked two prisons, while officials announced a 24-hour curfew in the megacity of Lagos in an attempt to quell the unrest stemming from two weeks of protests against police brutality. Advertising Read more The Inspector-General of Police deployed anti-riot police across Africa’s most populous nation and ordered forces to strengthen security around Nigerian prison facilities. “The force will henceforth exercise the full powers of the law to prevent any further attempt on lives and property of citizens,” a police statement read. Interior Ministry spokesman Mohammed Manga said armed crowds had attacked two prison facilities, subduing the guards on duty. At the last count, 1,993 inmates were missing, he said Tuesday. It was unclear what the prisons' exact populations had been before the attack. “Most of the inmates hel..

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Lagos imposes 24-hour curfew as Nigeria anti-police protests worsen

Issued on: 20/10/2020 – 14:20 Authorities on Tuesday imposed a 24-hour curfew in Nigeria's economic hub Lagos as the police ordered out anti-riot units nationwide to face protests officials claimed had been hijacked by criminals. Advertising Read more As the lockdown went into force in Africa's largest city at 4 pm (1500 GMT), hundreds of defiant protesters sang the national anthem as they pledged to remain out on the streets. "Are you afraid?" a man shouted to the flag-waving crowd from a stage at a tollgate in the city centre that has become the epicentre of the demonstrations. "We will stay here peacefully," 32-year-old demonstrator Akin told AFP. "This is our new home." Protests that began 12 days ago over abuses by the police's loathed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have spiralled dramatically with violence being reported in several cities. Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu ordered the shutdown after he said the protests had "degenerated into a m..

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