Coronavirus: Lagos protesters kick against COVID-19 lockdown, attack police officers
- Some youth in Lagos have protested against the COVID-19 lockdown
- President Buhari had on Monday, April 13, extended the lockdown by another 14 days
- The protesters accused police of bias in enforcing the coronavirus lockdown in Ibeju-Lekki
A report by Premium Times indicated that at least five police officers were injured on Monday, April 27, when a protest against security agents turned bloody at the Eleko community in Ibeju-Lekki local government of Lagos state.
Legit.ng gathered that youth in the community had a face-off with police officers whom they accused of bias in enforcing the coronavirus lockdown in the community.
According to the report, the state police spokesperson, Bala Elkana, confirmed the development in an interview.
He said 51 protesters were arrested, following police reinforcement.
The online medium noted that one of the residents who asked not to be named said while residents and other company workers in the community were forced to stay in their houses, expatriates working with Dangote refinery were allowed to go to their places of work.
The youth in the area burnt tyres on the streets to express their anger over the alleged bias.
The protest went bloody after the arrival of police officers, as the protesters resisted “intimidation.”
Elkana said the protesters had been dispersed and normalcy restored in the community, adding that the protesters injured five police officers and vandalised two outposts.
The military personnel have also been deployed to help maintain normalcy in Eleko, Ibeju-Lekki.
The report also said that people were allowed to walk in the community only with their hands up.
President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered a total lockdown of Lagos, Ogun, and Abuja in the last four weeks.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a deputy commissioner police in charge of zonal criminal investigation department Edo state, died from COVID-19 complications in his official apartment in Benin, on Tuesday, April 21.
It was reported that the Edo state commissioner of information, Patrick Okundia, had earlier announced the death of Bissong but he did not go into details.
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Paul Yakadi, an assistant inspector-general of police in charge of zone 5, Benin has narrated the events that led to Bissong’s death.
Yakadi in a statement disclosed that the deceased had on April 9 travelled to Akure, Ondo state capital, to see his family and celebrate Easter with them.
The late police officer was said to have returned to Benin five days later, where he complained of illness after developing symptoms of high fever.
It was disclosed that on April 18, a medical doctor in charge of the police medical services took Bissong’s blood sample for examination and analysis.
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