LAGOS — At least two people were killed when police fired live rounds to disperse a group of protesting youths in a suburb of Nigeria’s commercial hub Lagos, a witness and local media said Sunday.
“The incident happened on Saturday at Ajegunle during a riot by some youths against the killing of a young man on Thursday by the police,” witness Ebun Oyegunle told AFP.
She said the youths had marched to Ajeromi police station when police fired live bullets into the sky to disperse the crowd and in the process two of the protesters were hit by stray bullets.
“The two protesters died on the spot,” she said.
Oyegunle said one police officer was injured when the protesters hurled stones and broken bottles at the police during the protests.
Local media said four protesters lost their lives in the incident.
Lagos police spokesman Frank Mba confirmed the riot took place, but said nobody was killed.
Nigeria’s under-funded and under-equipped police are often criticised for corruption, inefficiency, human rights violations and extra-judicial killings.