- Odumosu said the police had nothing against protesters as long as they were peaceful in their conduct…
The Lagos State Police Command has said that five persons who participated in the Democracy Day protest at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park were arrested and later released.
Hakeem Odumosu, the police commissioner in the state, said no suspect was detained in connection with the protest.
“I want to emphasise that no single person is in police custody as a result of the protest,” Odumosu said.
“Five persons were arrested at Ojota, I ordered my men to release them. I thank God no one was injured, no vehicle was damaged,” he added.
The police chief said that everywhere he had visited was calm, stressing that reports from officers showed that everywhere was calm in Lagos.
Odumosu said the police had nothing against protesters as long as they were peaceful in their conduct, stressing that the only thing he requested from them was information about their protest, not permit order.
He said the information sent out by the protesters, through social media, requesting residents to sit at home created panic in the state, stressing that through a press statement on Friday, the directive was countered.
He said that his officials were deployed to various areas noted to be black spots as early as 2 a.m. on Saturday, stressing that his directive to his officials was that protesters had the right to do so peacefully.
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“The police gunshots this morning at Ojota was as a result of some people blocking the roads leading in and out of Lagos at Ojota. I have the recorded video. The protesters may have good intentions, but criminally minded people blocked the road to commit crimes.
“I quickly ordered my men to appeal to the protesters to leave the road and use minimum force to liberate the road so that those going out of Lagos or coming in will not be held up in traffic, particularly this time where we have traffic robbery,” he added.
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