Police on Wednesday fired tear-gas to disperse protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, who had gathered to commemorate #EndSARS first anniversary.
Reports said that protests also took place in Abuja and some other states to mark the first anniversary of the #EndSARS protest.
The #EndSARS protest of October 20, 2020 was staged to highlight brutality, harassment, extortion and extrajudicial killing by the disbanded Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS).
It was gathered that two persons were arrested at the Lekki tollgate, including a journalist identified as Abisola Alawode from Legit.ng while the other is Okechukwu Peter, a lone protester seen carrying a placard.
The police had warned that anyone seen at the tollgate without an ID card will be arrested.
Speaking to journalists shortly after, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said the protesters told him they were going to end the demonstration by 10 am.
Odumosu said any protest beyond the agreed time is constituting a nuisance.
“Between 8am and 10am, anything after 10am is a nuisance,” Odumosu said.
“I discussed with them and they said they will end the protest by 10 o’clock. Any other person doing it now… that’s nuisance…. that have guns, the ones with machete, hammer, are they protesters or miscreants?
“The protesters are free; they have done their thing and left. Any other person remaining are the miscreants, hoodlums that want to capitalise on that to attack innocent people and start robbing people. We will not allow that.”
Odumosu also confirmed the arrest of a journalist and said he has ordered his release.