In a bid to foil another protest at the Lekki toll, The Lagos State Police Command on Sunday said that policemen would be stationed at the Lekki tollgate until further notice.
Recall that there was a crackdown on the #OcuppyLekkiTollgate protesters at the tollgate on Saturday, during which about 40 persons including popular comedian, Mr. Macaroni, were arrested.
The protest was against the decision of the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry to return the tollgate to the Lekki Concession Company.
The arrested persons have however been granted bail after the police arraigned them at a mobile court sitting at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, for “creating tension and behaving in such a manner that could cause breach of public peace.”
It was however gathered that the decision to leave the policemen at the tollgate was to forestall renewed protest.
According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, policemen had been deployed to five locations in the state, asides from the Lekki tollgate, adding that they would remain at the locations until further notice.
He said, “Our policemen are still at the tollgate, it is a deployment and we are working with an operation order and until there is a stand down order of the operation from the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, the men will still be there. We have not arrested anyone today (Sunday), there was no breakdown of law and order, no gathering or procession, everything is normal in the area.
“But we are still maintaining our ground there and we have deployment in about five places aside from the Lekki tollgate and our men are still on standby at these strategic places. We have police deployment in Unity Park, Gani Fawehinmi Park, Ogombo Junction, Adeniran Ogunsanya Junction, among others.