Nigerian authorities said a 24-hour curfew that was imposed on Lagos, Africa’s biggest city, to quell two weeks of mass protests against police brutality will be eased from Saturday.
Thousands of youths staged marches and barricaded roads and bridges in the nation’s economic hub, before Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu instituted the lockdown on Oct. 20 with just a few hours’ notice. Many residents have started running short of food, fuel and other essentials.
Residents will now be allowed to leave their homes between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., a restriction that will be reviewed next week, and a clean-up of the city has begun, Sanwo-Olu said in a televised address.
“We believe that we still have pockets of insecurity that we have to deal with, but they are isolated cases,” he said. “Lagos needs to heal and healing has started.”