OccupyLekkiTollGate: Lagos issues warning to protesters, vows to deal with COVID-19 violators

OccupyLekkiTollGate: Lagos issues warning to protesters, vows to deal with COVID-19 violators

- Lagos state government will not sit and watch while another round of violent demonstrations takes place

- Those planning to protest on Saturday have been warned to make a U-turn or face the consequences

- This was in response to plans by some Nigerian youths who have vowed to #OcuppyLekkiTollGate following the decision to reopen the toll gate

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Ahead of the scheduled #OcuppyLekkiTollGate protests, all groups planning to embark on demonstrations have been warned by the Lagos state government to shelve their plans.

Moyosore Onigbanjo, the Lagos attorney general, who issued the warning on Thursday, February 11, noted that the state government’s respect for peoples rights to protest should not be taken as a licence to break the law.

According to him, the right to protest doesn't give anyone the freedom to block highways and prevent others from moving freely, The Punch reports.

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Onigbanjo explained that the government would not allow the state to be pushed to the edge of carnage, advising those organising the protests at the Lekki Toll Plaza to desist.

OccupyLekkiTollGate: Lagos issues warning to protesters, vows to deal with COVID-19 violators
Lagos state government issues warning to citizens planning to protest on Saturday, February 13. Photo credit: @jidesanwoolu
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He urged everyone to comply with the COVID-19 protocol which is against any public gathering of more than 50 persons, adding that any violator will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

FG vows to crush Lekki Toll Gate protests

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that ahead of the fresh protest at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos state by #EndSARS protesters, the federal government vowed to crush any demonstration.

Speaking on Thursday, February 11, in Abuja, the minister of culture and information, Lai Mohammed, said all security agencies have been alerted to stop any protest.

The minister's reaction was shared in a series of tweets sighted by Legit.ng on the official Twitter page of the ministry of information and culture, Nigeria.

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Nigeria police issues strong warning

Similarly, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) said it will not allow any form of demonstration that will again lead to the destruction of properties and government assets.

Hakeem Odumosun, Lagos state commissioner of police, issued this warning during a press conference in Ikeja on Thursday, February 11.

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