- The Police in Lagos have disclosed the rationale behind their action to use teargas to disperse the crowd at the Thursday candlelight possession for Mohbad
- Benjamin Hundeyin, the spokesperson of the police command in Lagos, said the crowd that was dispersed went against their agreements with the organisers of the event
- According to the police, the agreement between them and the police was that the possession would end by 8 pm and was supposed to stop at Muri Okunola in VI, but they have moved to Lekki Tollgate and started raising red flag
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Ikeja, Lagos - The Lagos State Police Command has said no bullet was shot during the dispersal of the crowd who were turning the candlelight possession for the later singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, known as Mohbad, at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos on Thursday, September 21.
Bejamin Hundeyin, the spokesperson of the police in the state, in a statement on Friday, September 22, noted that several hours of appeals from the organisers and the police to those dispersed at the ever-busy Lekki tollgate fell into the deaf ears of the mounting crowd.
Hundeyin disclosed that their agreement with the organisers of the possession was to have the candlelight between 5 and 8 pm and was expected to be terminated at Muri Okunola in Victoria Island in the interest of all Lagosians in consideration of the busy Lekki Road.
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The police maintained that after the organisers met with the crowd who had left Muri Okunola for Lekki Toll Gate, they refused to listen to the organiser's plea that the possession was not a protest.
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Aside from the obstruction of vehicular movement on the Lekki expressway, the crowd at the expressway is already raising red flags and showing signs of early warnings of chaos.
The statement reads in part:
"Having gone down this road before, having learnt from previous similar encounters, and having studied the pattern in the crowd, the red flags and early warning signs of total chaos and anarchy were discernible."
Read the tweet here:
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