The Nigerian military offered on Wednesday to station in Lagos if necessary: ​​Governor

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© Reuters. People are seen near burning tires on the street in Lagos

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LAGOS (Reuters) – The Nigerian military offered on Wednesday to station in Lagos state if necessary, the governor said on Thursday.

Riots have broken out across the state, which is under a 24-hour curfew, sparked by protests against the police and the shooting of civilians by security forces on Tuesday evening.

Governor Babjide Sanwo-Olu said in an interview on local broadcaster Arise TV that the chief of defense staff and chief of army staff phoned around noon on Wednesday “to say that if I actually request that they will do it Military comes out. ” provide them “.

He said the main concern was the security of key business and government facilities like the Lagos ports.

“It’s really just a talk about security support that we have,” he said.

Fires burned in the commercial capital on Wednesday as protesters were still on the streets, angry mobs and armed police clashed in some parts of the city.

Sanwo-Olu did not say whether he would accept the offer, but instead called on leaders to keep young people, including protesters, off the streets.

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