New footage of police shooting in Nigeria raises questions about the shooting

On Friday, The New York Times Magazine published a report about an incident in which two police officers had opened fire on a man at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria. The two…

New footage of police shooting in Nigeria raises questions about the shooting

On Friday, The New York Times Magazine published a report about an incident in which two police officers had opened fire on a man at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria. The two officers were on duty that day, but later said they mistook the 20-year-old man for a wanted kidnapper. They also said they ordered the man to stop, and that he did not comply. But other witnesses say that although the man was not wearing a mask, he looked to be wearing the fake mask commonly worn by kidnappers. One officer got away with his gun and survived the shooting. On Wednesday, Lagos State Police Commissioner Imohimi Edgal announced the arrest of one of the shooting suspects and that investigation would continue. An attorney representing the injured man, Chukwudi Ifeanyi, spoke to The Times Magazine on Thursday, describing the shooting as a “mistake.” However, footage that seems to have emerged just after the shooting has raised questions about the officers’ actions. The footage, recorded from a camera at a kiosk next to the toll gate, was obtained by the Daily Sketch, a Lagos-based newspaper, according to Lagos television station AIT. It shows the man standing with several other pedestrians and then walking behind several police officers on the left side of the frame as the officers swing their guncuff around and point it at the man’s back. The video cuts to black before the shot is fired. The Daily Sketch reported that in the three minutes before the shot was fired, the man did not appear to pose any danger to anyone, but instead was chatting with other pedestrians about the rainy weather. In response to the footage, Edgal told The Times Magazine, “I have asked the traditional rulers to summon a meeting with the family to assist us in solving the problem. It is unfortunate. We will do our best.”

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