Justin Bieber and Genevieve Nnaji react to the massacre in Lagos

Clashes between protesters and law enforcement agents in Lagos turned bloody on Tuesday, despite a state-wide curfew, with eyewitnesses telling CNN that multiple demonstrators have been shot by soldiers.

“Army sent by FG/Tinubu/Sanwo Olu killed (are killing) many unarmed protesters in Lekki toll gate, they did not allow ambulances to enter to treat the injured, they are parking the bodies in their van,” a Nairaland user @piggyvestashawo wrote. “My prayers are with the Protesters at Lekki tollgate this night.”

Reacting to the news, Canadian singer Justin Bieber said, “It saddens my heart to see things happening in some part of Africa, most especially Nigeria. No human deserve to be treated that cruelly, not especially by those meant to protect them. I hope justice prevails Raised fist. Spread love and heal our world #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigera (sic)”

The Nigerian military has denied involvement in the shooting, describing the news as “FAKE.”

The infamous Lekki toll gate was burned down shortly after dozens of #EndSARS protesters were confirmed dead and injured.

This development is coming shortly after Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwoolu, issued a curfew after hoodlums attacked protesters in the state.