Parts of Lagos, Nigeria Continued

 In some parts of Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, gunfire rang and a correctional facility burned on the 22nd (local time), AFP reported.

The U.S. has also criticized Nigeria's hard-line crackdown amid indiscriminate shooting of peaceful protesters on the 20th that has caused international outrage.

Smoke was seen soaring at a detention facility in the Ikoy district of downtown Lagos on the same day.

The police did not elaborate further, saying the rioters attacked but caught the flames.

Streets are empty and shops are closed in other parts of Lagos, with a population of 14 million.

Residents generally complied with the government's curfew, the Associated Press reported.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari presided over a national security meeting earlier in the day consisting of defense ministers and police leaders.

According to Reuters, National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno said President Buhari ordered the security forces in charge of security to "work within the boundaries of the law" and to refrain from responding to protests and violence as much as possible.

"The president, however, is concerned about disorder and lawlessness," Mongo said. "We need to know that young people (who are protesting) can cause unwanted issues if they only trust their luck and do dangerous things."

President Buhari will make a public statement on the evening broadcast in local time, a spokesman said in a statement.

President Buhari, a former military official, has been criticized for not expressing a clear stance on the shooting of peaceful demonstrators. In addition, the military police, who were accused of shooting, have denied it as "fake news."

Amnesty International, an international human rights group, said at least 12 people were shot dead near Lagos' Reckie tollgate on Tuesday, and 56 people nationwide were killed in bloody protests against police abuses that have lasted more than two weeks since early October. Demonstrations have become particularly violent since the shooting.

Vice President Yemi Osinbazo said he was "deeply sorry" for the shooting victims and the police and others who died in the last few days.


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