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EndSARS Anniversary: No Street Protest In Lagos, Says Police

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Lagos State Police Command said it will not allow any street protest to commemorate the one year anniversary of the #ENDSARS on Wednesday, 20th October, 2021.

Police Public Relations Officer Adekunle Ajisebutu, in a statement on Tuesday, said on the contrary, the police will only allow an indoor and virtual event in commemoration of the anniversary and will provide adequate security at the venues if known.

This, he said, is in recognition of the rights of every Nigerian to express his or her interest.

Ajisebutu said the Police wish it could permit such street protests, noting however that intelligence at its disposal has revealed plans by some faceless groups or individuals to stage an anti-#EndSARS anniversary protest in the state same day.

“In view of the conflicting interest between the pro and anti- EndSARS anniversary groups and threat to cause mayhem, the Command once again warns both groups against any form of street protest between now and 20th October, 2021 and beyond.

“It is acknowledged that citizens have the right to peaceful protests. However, in this instance having carried out a critical security assessment and intelligence report at the disposal of the Lagos Command in respect of the planned protests and attendant implications on public safety, the Command considers it inappropriate to allow such protests to hold. It will not stand aloof and allow breakdown of law and order which the protests may cause

“To avoid a recurrence of the gory protests of last year during which some innocent Nigerians including police officers were gruesomely murdered, private and public property plundered and maliciously destroyed, the police noted that they will not abdicate their responsibilities of protection of lives and property by allowing such avoidable incident happen again in the state,” Ajisebutu said.

He added that the Commissioner of  Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has warned the organisers of the protests that the police will deploy all legitimate means to stop or neutralise the planned protests.

“Parents, guardians are admonished to warn their children against participating in the protests.

“Similarly, youths and other individuals or groups planning to take part in the protests are further warned in their own interest to shelve the plan,” he added.

 

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