Image copyright Julius Abioye Image caption Police fired tear gas and used a water cannon to control the protesters
Police in Lagos fired tear gas and water cannon to contain anti-government protests in the city centre on Friday evening as people gathered to commemorate the victims of a fatal shooting at a road toll gate.
At least 55 people were killed and about 100 injured when police used live ammunition and tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters in the Lekki area of the city in November 2018.
Police are suspected to have opened fire on protesters, who were protesting against Lagos’ high toll fees on a motorway.
The Lagos State House of Assembly demanded an investigation.
See how the demonstration unfolded in BBC Africa’s home video here
A group of protesters are holding vigil for the victims outside the toll gate, while others are on the street ahead of the march to the House of Assembly which is expected to begin shortly.
They were heard chanting “put democracy first” as police fired tear gas into the crowd, according to an AFP photographer.
Image copyright AFP Image caption Protesters have vowed to return to the toll gate on Saturday
The protests, which began on Tuesday when the Speaker of the House of Assembly signed a condolence motion, are planned to continue until the march on Saturday.
During his address to the House, the speaker called for extra arms to be deployed in order to quell protests, which he said were mostly stirred by people who want to curtail the efforts of the APC to transform Lagos into a mega city.
The driver of the over-burdened State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) van in which the lives of the demonstrators were lost has been indicted for negligent homicide.
Police said Friday that they have arrested the driver and the Commander of LASTMA, Mr Mathew Adelaja, has been suspended.
The Lagos State Government has formed a seven-man committee headed by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Alhaji Muhammed Balogun.
Mr Balogun and his team has started a 10-day period of closure and readjustment of the toll gate.
On Sunday, December 30, three people were killed as their BMW collided with a Puma vehicle near the toll gate, according to military spokesman, Lt Col Onyema Nwachukwu.
He said that the military would form part of the team to “engage, cordon and search every person, vehicle and vehicle” at the toll gate as part of the measures to address the issue of human traffic within the toll gates.
An investigation was launched into the Lekki Toll gate shooting death. The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has also written to Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Adekunle Ogunsakin, urging him to “visit all the scenes of the incidents, examine vehicles and arrest the officers suspected to be responsible for the shootings as quickly as possible”.