Hundreds of Nigerian civilians and Police Service Academy cadets marched peacefully through the megacity of Lagos on Sunday as part of a nationwide mourning for 19 victims of a toll gate shooting in the country’s commercial capital last month. The demonstrators spilled on to the streets to attend a memorial service at the University of Lagos’ newly constructed intercultural center, where the Police Service Academy has opened its doors to provide free education to both newly and recent graduates. However, some of the protesters couldn’t resist marching to the gates of the toll gate, which has evoked unusually strong emotions in the country. Following the incident, authorities temporarily shut the toll gate, but reopened it this week under the expectation that the company who owns it would pay $15 million. According to police spokeswoman Ngozi Braide, as of Sunday, officials had yet to comply with the agreement. Braide said police in Lagos would cease their campaign to collect the money.
On Saturday, residents of the city also paid tribute to the victims by visiting each victim’s family and handing out notes of condolence. In one case, a tearful mother said she would never forgive the company’s owner for what she called an attack on the lives of her family members.
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