Police officers open fire on protesting Dangote workers in Lagos

One man has been feared killed after police officers responded to a protest with live rounds in Lagos, witnesses said on Tuesday.

Workers at a Dangote Group factory in Ibeju-Lekki were protesting their welfare when police officers were called in, a witness said. There were also media posts of those who said they witnessed the incidents Tuesday morning.

A resident of Ibeju-Lekki told Peoples Gazette that the protests started on Monday, but no casualty was recorded. It was on Tuesday morning that violence broke out, leading to the fatal police shooting of a yet-unidentified man. Many others were hospitalised, a witness said.

A spokesman for Dangote Group did not immediately return a request seeking comments Tuesday afternoon. A spokesman for the police in Lagos declined comments.

Dangote Group, Nigeria’s largest conglomerate, has faced years of allegations bordering on maltreatment of workers.

The company has frequently denied advancing a culture of poor personnel management and welfare, but prootesters said their main demand about the group’s Ibeju-Lekki factory was to address several months of unpaid wages.

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