The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has disclosed the reason he ordered his officers to tear gas #EndSARS Memorial protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on Wednesday.
Speaking with newsmen, Odumosu said the police fired tear gas at the protesters to avoid a breakdown of law and order.
He noted that he ordered his men to tear gas the protesters because they went against the promise earlier made that the procession will start by 8am and end by 10am.
Odumosu added that any demonstration beyond the agreed time is constituting a nuisance and will not be tolerated.
The Commissioner said: “The protest was between 8am and 10am, anything after 10am is a nuisance.
“I discussed with them and they said they will end the protest by 10o’clock. Other people doing it now just causing a nuisance. some with machete, hammer, are they protesters or miscreants?
“The protesters are free; they have done their thing and left. Any other persons remaining are the miscreants, hoodlums that want to capitalise on that to attack innocent people and start robbing people. We will not allow that.”