#OccupyLekkiTollgate: Nigeria Police begins illegal show of force (PHOTOS)

The Nigerian Government under the Major General Muhammadu Buhari led APC leadership needed to be constantly reminded that Protest is a constitutional and fundamental rights granted by the Nigeria's constitution.

The Illegality, repression, killing and suppressions of Protesters, fragrant disobedience to the court judgment are clearly unacceptable.

The whole world Will be watching tomorrow as the young people match against bad governance, police brutality, Insecurity and call for justice for those that have been illegally put to untimely deaths by this current administration both at the states and federal levels of government in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Government under @Mbuhari's regime is notorious for human rights abuse and attacks on dissenting voices. Despite the massacre of Nigerian Youths at the Lekki Tollgate on 20-10-20 the whole world will see what they're up to this time as Nigerians troop out tomorrow to #OccupyLekkiTollGate

Hopefully they are there to protect the Protesters. The police authorities have deployed a large contingent of officials to the Lekki tollgate ahead of Saturday’s planned protests.

This is a few hours to the planned #occupyLekkitollgate and #DefendLagos protests, slated to hold at 7 a.m., several police vehicles and officers are already on the ground at the tollgate.

At least 10 police vehicles were seen at the tollgate with scores of officers guarding the plaza.

The protest is coming on the heels of the ruling of the judicial panel for the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) to reopen the tollgate months after soldiers opened fire on unarmed protesters, who were calling for an end to police brutality, at the same spot.

The #EndSARS protests, which held across the nation in October 2019, were later hijacked by thugs. This led to violence and deaths of civilians and police officers.

Judicial panels of enquiries are currently holding across the country, including Lagos, to investigate cases of alleged human rights abuses by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), as an offshoot of the government’s subsequent moves to douse tension.

Doris Okuwobi, a retired judge, heading the Lagos panel gave the ruling on the reopening of the tollgate last Saturday and this generated controversies at the panel, with some members disagreeing with the ruling.

Despite the controversies surrounding the reopening of Lekki tollgate, the company has begun some repairs on the site, and plans to resume the toll soonest.

Despite the controversies surrounding the reopening of Lekki tollgate, the company has begun some repairs on the site, and plans to resume the toll soonest.

Youths, however, plan to express their anger at the reopening using the #occupyLekkitollgate hashtag.

In response to the plan to occupy Lekki tollgate, another set of youths are planning a counter-protest, #DefendLagos, “in defence of the tollgate”.

The state government, the police, the LCC and other parties have appealed to youths not to go ahead with the protests.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, had earlier announced that no protest will be allowed to hold on Saturday.

He said the state “is still in pains from the destruction perpetrated after the Lekki shooting incident in October 2020”.

Despite the pleas, the youths have insisted on embarking on the protest.

With PT

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