Police officers join civilians in removing barricades from a street in Ikeja, as Nigeria's Lagos state remains under curfew, Nigeria October 23, 2020. (Photo: Reuters)
ABUJA: As many as 69 people have been killed in a serious of protests against police brutality that in Nigeria, authorities said.
The deaths were mainly civilians but include police officers and soldiers.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced the toll in an emergency meeting with former Nigerian leaders aimed at finding ways to end the unrest, his spokesman told the BBC.
A group that has been key in organizing the demonstrations has now urged people to stay at home.
The Feminist Coalition also advised people to follow any curfews in place in their states.
The protests have drastically subsided but an uneasy calm remains in several cities.
Officials said a curfew introduced in Lagos state would be eased.
The protests in Nigeria began on 7 October with mostly young people demanding the scrapping of a notorious police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars).
(With inputs from Agencies)