Ahead of Saturday’s OccupyLagos scheduled to take place at the popular Lekki Toll, the Lagos state police command have said that no protest would be allowed to hold in the state on Saturday.
Disclosing this, is the state commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, on Thursday while stating the position of the command to the #OccupyLekkitollgate protest and the counter-protest, #DefendLagos.
The police commissioner, in his statement, alluded to the right to peaceful gathering and assembly enshrined in the Nigerian constitution, the police boss however said: “allowing both groups to carry out their planned protests will be counter-productive.”
Mr Odumosu said the proposed #OccupyLekkitollgate protest slated for Saturday is being championed by some individuals and the command will disallow it.
EkocityMagazine had earlier reported how some youth planned to occupy the Lekki tollgate following an order to reopen the tollgate by the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry.
As a result, a counter-protest is also been mooted by another section of the youth, using the hashtag; #DefendLagos.
“Permit me to state in clear terms that organising any protest in furtherance of the recent violent and destructive Endsars protest will be counterproductive to the ongoing series of inquiries and investigations into many cases related to the Endsars violence and the present security situation of the state,” Mr Odumosu said.
“The command has gathered intelligence that some hidden agents of destruction and shadow parties that planned and orchestrated the last Endsars violence have concluded plans to cause another set of mayhem in Lagos State and spread 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 command perceives such proposed protest as a calculated attempt to cause pandemonium, brouhaha and massive destruction of lives and properties under whatever guide and such will not be allowed in Lagos State,” the Commissioner said.
Stating further, Mr Odumosu said the state was still “groaning” in the aftermath of the last ‘Endsars violence’ that left many lives and properties lost.
“It is therefore not reasonable to allow same to repeat itself in the state,” he said.
The police boss said another reason such gathering will not be allowed is due to the prevailing COVID-19 virus which is rampaging in the country, with Lagos being the epicentre of the infection
Similarly the commissioner for Information , Mr Gbenga Omotosho advised journalist to give accurate and correct reporting so as not to misinform the Police.
Mr Omotosho also acknowledged the rights of the citizen to peaceful protest but said the state government will not fold its hand and allow a repeat of the October 2020 incident where hoodlums hijacked the protest to unleash mayhem in the state as the governor of the state is committed to the protection lives and pro
Lastly, the Hon Commissioner appealed to both sets of protesters to give dialogue a chance while charging journalists to refrain from reporting that will further heighten the already tensed polity.