Amnesty International said there were “plausible but troubling signs” from the Nigerian town of Lagos that security forces had shot dead within a dozen protesters demonstrating against police brutality.
A number of the shootings happened from the town’s rich Lekki community, witnesses and local press reported.
There have been almost two weeks of protests across several towns contrary to the Specific Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a police unit that individual rights groups have blamed for abuses such as torture and violence against civilians.
The Nigerian government has since disbanded the device, but the protests have continued.
The protest movement, called #endSARS, has drawn global attention, with Nigerian soccer stars based overseas and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton one of those calling on the government to finish their crackdown.
There also have been instances of looting and arson throughout the nation in recent days.
A 24-hour indefinite curfew was announced in cities such as Lagos, but there was no immediate confirmation of a deadly shooting in Lekki.
A brief announcement on Tuesday night by Gbenga Omotoso, the Lagos state commissioner for advice, stated only that”there were reports of shooting in the Lekki Toll Plaza after the 24-hour curfew enforced on Lagos.”
Nevertheless, the daily paper also called it”Black Tuesday” and stated as many as 49 people were murdered across Nigeria.