The Lagos State Police Command has warned #EndSARS activists not to block roads and interrupt the flow of activities ahead of a proposed protest on October 20, 2021.
Several reports claim that youths intend to take their protest to the Lekki toll gate, one year after armed soldiers shot into a crowd of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the location.
The Lagos State Police Command had earlier said that “to forestall breakdown of law and order, the police will use all legitimate means within their constitutional powers to suppress the planned protest.”
However, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, now says a peaceful protest can be held as long as there is no break down of law and order.
“If you want to protest, it is your right under the law but you don’t have to block the road because, in the process of obstructing the road, you are no longer protesting for a better life for people.
“However, what happens to pregnant women in an emergency, what happens to collapsed buildings, fire incidents when the roads are blocked?
“Don’t forget that this is Lagos, it is the economy of the country and it is equally a working day and you can imagine those lives that earn their living on a daily basis.
“There are some people that cannot feed their families when protesters block the road indefinitely.” The commissioner stated.
We recall that on October 20, 2020, armed soldiers stormed one of the venues of the protest in Lekki, Lagos, and fired live rounds into a crowd of young, peaceful protesters.