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#EndSARS Protest: Timeline of Shooting At Lekki Toll Gate: By Amnesty International


Protests at the Lekki Toll Gate on 20 October were part of the #EndSARS protests that began on 8 October 2020.

Nigerians have been taking to the streets, peacefully demanding an end to police brutality, extrajudicial executions and extortion by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigerian police tasked with fighting violent crimes.

But they have been met with excessive use of force by the army and police forces. On 20 October peaceful protesters were reportedly shot dead when the Nigerian Army opened fire on protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate.

An on-the-ground investigation by Amnesty International has confirmed that the Nigerian army and police killed peaceful protesters.

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This timeline by Amnesty International was collated using video and photograph footage to confirm that army vehicles left the Bonny Camp – a military base approximately a seven-minute drive from the Lekki Toll Gate at 18:29 local time on 20 October.

The vehicles are tracked to the Toll Gate. At around 18:45 the Nigerian military opened fire on the protesters.

Peaceful protests at Lekki Toll Gate

Throughout the day on the 20 October, peaceful protests took place at Lekki Toll Gate. People were seen dancing, having their hair styled, and speeches were made from a podium in front of the Lekki Toll Gate.

Vehicles leave military base

At 18:29 vehicles leave Bonny Camp to head east along Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue – which changes its name to the Lekki-Epe Expressway – in the direction of the Lekki Toll Gate.

On this route, the vehicles pass several embassies and consulates – including the buildings of the Japanese Embassy and the Australian Consulate.

A video shared on social media shows two vehicles leaving the Bonny Camp – a military base in Lagos.

The first vehicle is a light coloured vehicle, the following two dark coloured (blue or black), and the final vehicle again a light colour. All four vehicles have lights atop, and are flashing lights.

The vehicles appear to be vehicles used by the Nigerian military and police.

From Bonny Camp (point A on the map), to the videos filmed at Point B and Point C, to the Toll Gate at Point D is a direct drive of circa seven minutes.

If the vehicles left Bonny Camp at 18:29 as per the device recording the videos, an arrival at between 18:36 and 18:40 is to be expected.

Note that the videos filmed from Point B and C show diminishing sunlight, placing the filming of the videos between sunset and dusk.

In the video and photographs captured at Point D we hear gunfire, and see the vehicles and men in military uniform.

Vehicles arrive at Lekki Toll Gate and shooting starts

Photographs captured from the other side of the barricade at Lekki Toll Gate show three vehicles close to the protesters, and men in military uniform in the background.

Videos of shooting

As the evening continues, protesters continue to film and share videos of the shootings. With reports of the power being cut at the Toll Gate, and no artificial light, it is hard to see what happens in these videos – but sounds of gunfire are regularly heard.

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