The Lagos State government has warned Nigerians planning to embark on another protest scheduled to hold on Saturday 13th February, to refrain from such act because it is direct violation of the COVID-19 prevention protocols.
Recall that the panel probing the alleged killing of EndSARS protesters at the toll gate had earlier on Saturday approved the reopening of the toll plaza and returned control to its owners.
But this led to the revolting of Nigerians on social media who kicked against the reopening of the toll gate, with the view that justice is yet to be done to the people that lost their lifes at the toll gate during #EndSARS protest.
This has led to Nigerians vowing to stage another protest with the hashtag #OccupyLekkiTollgate, if the Lagos state government failed to heed to their warnings ‘not to open the toll gate’.
With view of this development, the Lagos State Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General, Moyosore Onigbanjo, in a statement warned that the Lagos state government will not tolerate any form of violent actions.
Moyosore, however, urged the police to respect the right of citizens.
“The State is aware of the 1999 Constitution which guarantees the Rights to Freedom of Expression and Peaceful Assembly”.
“While the State recognises the importance of exercising the Rights to Peaceful Protests, same cannot condone blockage of roads or preventing other members of the public from moving freely within the State”.
“Any person or group with such desire to protest must also bear in mind the Coronavirus Disease Health Regulations.
“The Attorney General hereby enjoins everyone to ensure compliance with the coronavirus regulations and any other extant laws in the State.
“The right to protest peacefully does not exempt anyone from violating laws. Any violator will therefore be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
“The Nigeria Police is equally urged, that in responding to any protest, it should respect the rights of the citizen,” the statement said.