The Lagos State Police Command and the State government have warned against the planned #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest billed for Saturday at the Lekki toll gate.
The state government on Thursday asked persons organising #OccupyLekkiTollGate and the #DefendLagos protests to desist from doing so.
It warned that it would not allow the state to be pushed to the edge of carnage again, saying, “It is not an auspicious moment for such action.”
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Gboyega Akosile, revealed that the position of the state government was made known at a joint press conference at Ikeja on Thursday by the Attorney General of Lagos, Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, and Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu.
Onigbanjo said, “Attention of the state government has been drawn to the planned protest scheduled for Saturday, February 13, 2021 at the Lekki Toll Gate for and against the opening of the Admiralty Toll Gate.
“The state is aware of Sections 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which guarantees the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. However, such right does not permit the violation of the rights of other citizens in the state.
“Any individual or corporate body that incites or condones any act leading to the destruction of public and private properties shall be prosecuted under the extant laws and in addition to any penalty the court might pronounce.”
In his remark, Odumosu warned against the protest, saying that security intelligence gathered by the Police Command indicated the planned protests will lead to a breakdown of law and order.