- A police van used to convey the arrested #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters on Saturday, February 13, broke down
- The van had to be pushed by the officials of the LCC and the protesters eventually transferred into another vehicle
- The development has generated heated reactions from Nigerians on social media
Amid the rising tension generated by the arrest of #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters on Saturday, February 13, there was a brief moment of comic relief when the police's Black Maria broke down.
The Black Maria, a police van mainly used to transport prisoners, was the one the police kept the arrested protesters, Channels TV reported.
According to the news media, the officials of the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) had to push the van.
Legit.ng gathers that the protesters were eventually transferred into another vehicle.
The development has drawn reactions from Nigerians on social media. Legit.ng curates some of them below:
Stone, @stonekay2000, said on Twitter:
"Incompetent in everything. Nigerian government and their agents of oppression."
Toydad_official, @toydadofficial, said:
"Failed nation everything always goes wrong about Nigeria"
tiMTimI, @Magnus3001, said:
"This is how prepared our law enforcement agencies are: even the police van is protesting, more than 100 Policemen at the tollgate.Who then is protesting?"
hassan cissey, @hassancissey, said:
"Black Maria no gree fly like the pigeons of peace!"
GEE, @GEffiong22, said:
"Nothing works in this country"
motivated soul(Ntuk), @FraizNtuk, said:
"Same bad governance we're protesting against, billions of naira has budgeted for these vehicles if we're to investigate."
Abdulkabir Olaniyi, @AbdulkabirNiyi, said:
"Hmm, Van also joins solidarity protest. Nigeria needs cleansing"
Ayemojubar, @ayemojubar, said:
"Even BLACK MARIA refused to start, just like the PIGEONS refused to fly."
Martin C Okechukwu, @MartinCOkechuk3, said:
"What type of country is this???? police van has to be push be4 it start, push and go country Abi???"
Police arrest protesters at Lekki tollgate
The protesters had stormed the tollgate to march against its repossession by the LCC.
Abiodun Sanusi, one of the organisers of the protest, claimed a total of 14 persons was arrested by the police.
Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_