Nigeria: Nearly 2,000 Inmates Abscond As Prisons Attack Amid Protests Against Police Vandalism

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In Nigeria, two jails were attacked by mobs after which about 2,000 prisoners have escaped. Authorities have announced a 24-hour curfew in Lagos to quell the unrest arising out of two weeks of demonstrations against police vandalism. Inspector-General of Police of the anti-riot department has ordered to strengthen the security around Nigerian jails.

‘Demonstrations in the possession of criminals’

The force will now use the full force of the law to prevent further damage to people’s lives and property, police said in a statement. The governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanvo-Olu, said on Twitter that this demonstration against police vandalism is becoming a threat to the security of our society. He also claimed that the culprits have captured these demonstrations.

Nearly 2000 prisoners absconding

Home Ministry spokesman Mohammad Manga said Tuesday that the armed mob attacked two jails. Since then, 1993 prisoners are missing. It is not known how many prisoners were in jail before the attack. The protestors have blocked the city’s important roads and also closed the route to the international airport.

Protesting against SARS

On the other hand, it is alleged that 15 people have been killed so far in the ongoing agitations against police vandalism. These protests are taking off against the special anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). There have been serious allegations against this unit of police for a long time like extortion, torture, and murder. After the demonstrations, it was announced that sars would be scrapped and replaced by special vessels and tactical (SWAT) team.

However, people have not believed it and have termed it as just a drama of renaming. They say that unless the promises made to them are fulfilled, they will remain on the streets. The protestors have also demanded the release of all those who have been arrested during the same.

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