Personnel of the Nigerian Army have reportedly opened fire on peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos.
This followed the imposition of a short-notice Curfew by the state government earlier on Tuesday.
Videos in circulation various social media platforms detail the firing of live ammunition at the protesters who had been converging at the toll gate for more than a week now.
Unconfirmed reports put the death toll at about 10 with many others sustaining varying degrees of injury.
Incidentally, power was cut off at the toll gate, a development many has described as an attempt by government to perpetrate sinister attacks on the protesters.
It is also rumoured that the CCTV cameras in the area were disabled while ambulances on rescue operations were turned back.
DJ Switch, a Nigerian artiste, who is at the location, streamed the shootings live on her Instagram page before she was reportedly picked up by men of the Nigerian Army.
Meanwhile the Lagos State Government has directed an investigation into the Lekki shootings.
A statement from the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, quoted Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as urging residents to remain calm.
It read in part, “There have been reports of shooting at the Lekki Toll Plaza, following the 24-hour curfew imposed on Lagos State to stop criminals who hid under the #EndSARS protests to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens
“The State Government has ordered an investigation into the incident. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has advised the security agents not to arrest anyone on account of the curfew, which he urges residents to observe for the peaceful atmosphere we all cherish.