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Thursday, 11 February 2021

Lagos State Government Warns Against Planned #OccupyLagosLekkiTollGate Protests

The Lagos State Government and the state Police Command on Thursday warned against the planned protest tagged #OccupyLagosLekkiTollGate.

The state government gave the warning during a joint press conference held at Ikeja by the Commissioner for Justice/Attorney General of Lagos, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, and Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu.

The Commissioner of Police issued a stern warning to various groups planning to embark on protests at the Lekki Toll Plaza on Saturday, February 13, advising them to shelve the plan.

Odumosu said that the security intelligence gathered by the police command indicated that the “OccupyLekkiTollGate” protest and planned counter rallies would degenerate into a breakdown of law and order.

According to him, the police will not allow any group to carry out the action.

He said that adequate arrangements on the deployment of security forces had been put in place to stop any violent protest, gathering and procession in any part of Lagos.

Odumosu said that the police command would rise in protection of law-abiding residents from any form of the violence.

”The police command has gathered credible intelligence that some hidden agents of destruction and shadow parties that orchestrated the last EndSARS violence have concluded plans to cause another mayhem in Lagos and spread the same to other parts of the country, tactically and spontaneously, like the recent violence.

”Premised on the available intelligence and due threat analyses carried out on the planned protest, the Police Command perceives such proposed protest as a calculated attempt to cause pandemonium and massive destruction of lives and property under whatever guise; such will not be allowed to hold in Lagos.

”The decision of the command in this regard is in the interest of all and sundry in Lagos and to ensure that the statutory responsibilities of the Nigeria Police Force are not compromised.

”I, therefore, appeal to the general public, particularly parents and guardians, to discourage and warn their children and wards to ignore any unreasonable call or mobilisation for protest or gathering which runs against the existing peace and security situation of the state,” he said.

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