Lagos police fired tear gas after protest over deadly toll-gate shooting

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thousands had gathered for the memorial in Lagos Police have fired tear gas in Lagos, Nigeria, after a memorial in honour of 11 people killed by snipers during…

Lagos police fired tear gas after protest over deadly toll-gate shooting

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thousands had gathered for the memorial in Lagos

Police have fired tear gas in Lagos, Nigeria, after a memorial in honour of 11 people killed by snipers during clashes with the military over the Lekki toll-gate killing.

Soldiers used gunfire and tear gas to clear protesters from the streets of the centre of Lagos, a few miles from the scene of Tuesday’s shooting.

“We are killing our people daily,” said one protester as he fled the police.

The toll has risen to 20 since two days of violence.

It follows a wave of protests in the last two weeks – four so far, according to the protesters’ Facebook pages – after Mr Dino Edun, the state’s acting governor, was sacked as the incident happened.

But he was elected again days later and swiftly instigated an investigation.

Toll-gate death toll

Eleven people were killed in a gun battle between the military and protesting Lagosians

Three-quarters of the dead had gunshot wounds, according to police

27 people were injured

Please read a list of people killed from the police report:

Please see a gallery of photos from the protest in Lagos

Footage of the shooting

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Protesters have called for the military’s alleged involvement in the shootings to be investigated, and for political measures to be taken to prevent such incidents in the future.

On Thursday, children were seen leaving schools in Lagos as a campaign began in the city to get children vaccinated against polio, a disease which was once widespread in the region.

Protests were also held in the other large population centres of Lagos, Kano and Port Harcourt.

Image copyright Image Image copyright Image Image caption One of the targets was the Navy Memorial Cemetery

Lagos is the economic heart of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country with more than 190 million people, but it has seen protests in recent weeks after Mr Edun’s dismissal.

He was replaced by Mr Imoudu Kafeero on Wednesday night, after protests in Lagos and other cities.

In the first protest the previous day, hundreds of thousands of people marched for two days in support of Mr Edun.

In his place, the senate appointed the country’s police commissioner, Umaru Manko, to step in as acting governor.

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