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Boiling point for Nigeria? Old guard under pressure after #EndSARS bloodbath

By: François PICARD Follow | Alessandro XENOS | Juliette LAURAIN
43 min

How did overwhelmingly peaceful protests against police brutality turn into a bloodbath in Lagos? The anger is still palpable in Africa's largest city after the army reportedly opened fire on unarmed demonstrators in the city centre. Amnesty International says at least 12 were killed. Why the bloodbath at Lekki Toll Plaza? What response from Nigeria's old guard in the face of a youth-driven movement that's unmoved by the announcement of the dissolution of the notorious plain clothes SARS police unit? Who are the demonstrators who are transcending traditional political fault lines?


After the US, France and elsewhere, why now? Why is the call for police reform resonating so loudly among Nigerians who say they have had enough? Where to start if you want better and more accountable law enforcement?

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Imen Mellaz.

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