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Nigeria’s cop brutality rages on, as civilians ask when will it end?

A year after Lagos bloodshed, Nigerians say promises of police reform have proved to be hollow

Libby George and Nneka Chile

One year ago, Adebanjo Akinwunmi gleefully waved a Nigerian flag at the Lekki toll gate, a stretch of tarmac in front of toll booths on a highway on the outskirts of Lagos. Joined by thousands of his countrymen, he demanded an end to what demonstrators said was endemic police brutality.

But the ebullient protests, which had taken place in cities across the nation of 200-million, ended in a hail of gunfire at Lekki toll gate.

Demonstrators said soldiers and police opened fire on October 20, though both denied firing live rounds. Amnesty International said 12 protesters were killed in two districts that night, triggering the worst street unrest since Nigeria returned to civilian rule in 1999...

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