- The Police have said it will not tolerate any form of protest in the state
- The CP also said that the protesters misconstrued the judgement on the reopening of the Tollgate
The Lagos State Police Command has warned residents of the state to desist from engaging in any form of protest, saying it will dislodge any form of unlawful gathering.
The State’s Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, in a direct reaction to the planned #OccupyLekkiTollgate and #DefendLAGOSnow protests slated for Saturday, said the command will not hesitate to use every resource at its disposal but within the ambit of the law.
Odumosu, who stated this while addressing journalists in Lagos on Thursday, explained that any protest in furtherance of the carnage that ensued in the wake of the 2020 #EndSARS protest is counterproductive to the ongoing inquiries and investigations into the violence and current security situation in the state.
“Above all, the command has gathered intelligence that some hidden agents of destruction and shadow parties that planned and orchestrated the last Endsars violence have concluded plans to cause another set of mayhem in Lagos State and spread same to other parts of the country, tactically and spontaneously, like the recent violence.
“Premised on the available intelligence and due threat analyses carried out on the planned protest, the command perceives such proposed protest as a calculated attempt to cause pandemonium, brouhaha and massive destruction of lives and properties under whatever guide and such will not be allowed in Lagos State.
“The Lagos State, its people and the Nigerian nation at large are still groaning (in pains) for the aftermath of the last Endsars violence that left many lives and properties lost. It is therefore not reasonable to allow same to repeat itself in the state.
“More expedient why such gathering should not hold is the prevailing Covid- 19 virus which is rampaging in the country. You will all recall four days ago, the Federal Government Task Force on Covid-19 declared that the country now has 13 variants of COVID-19 virus which makes it more deadly.
“With this development, all hands must be on deck to halt the spread of the virus by self-complying with its protocols major which is maintenance social distance,” the statement read in part.
He added that the judgement pronounced on the reopening of the Lekki Toll Gate plaza has been misconceptualized by the EndSARS agitators.
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