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#OccupyLekkiTollGate: FG vows to crackdown on protesters

745ng | February 11, 2021

#OccupyLekkiTollGate: Ahead of the Saturday, February 13th proposed protest against the reopening of the Lekki tollgate, the Federal government has warned it will not allow another round of violence in the country under the guise of #EndSARS protest.

Some Nigerian youths have threatened to carry out a protest at the Lekki tollgate over plans by the Lagos state government to reopen it for operations.

The Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry had on Saturday, February 6 gave permission to the Lekki Concession Company LCC take over the tollgates that have been shut since October 2020 after the gunshot incident that reportedly left some EndSARS protesters dead and injured.

They have begun to mobilise on social media with #RevolutionNow and #OccupyLekkiTollGate, with the matter trending as number one and three on Twitter.

Minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed reacting to the planned protest at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, said while peaceful protests are the constitutional rights of Nigerians, violent protests are not. He said;

“As you may be aware, some EndSARS proponents have given notice of their plan to return to Lagos – Lekki Toll Gate to be specific – on Saturday, February 13th, 2021.

“The ‘Occupy Lekki Toll Gate’ flyers have been circulating online, with the proponents threatening that ‘Lagos will burn’ again.

“Let me be clear: While peaceful protests are the constitutional rights of Nigerians, violent protests are not. At this time, the chances that any peaceful protest will be hijacked are very high.

“Based on the intelligence at the disposal of the Federal Government, some Nigerian activists have linked up with others outside Nigeria, including subversive elements, with a view to destabilizing the country. We cannot and must not allow this to happen.”

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