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EndSARS anniversary: Lagos CP warns against street protests

By Jesutomi Akomolafe
20 October 2021   |   2:26 am
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, yesterday, warned residents against protesting on streets today, saying plans are under way to arrest erring EndSARS protesters across the state.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, yesterday, warned residents against protesting on streets today, saying plans are under way to arrest erring EndSARS protesters across the state.
 
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Adekunle Ajisebutu, in a statement, yesterday said, the decision to deploy security operatives to foil activities by groups planning protest was to avoid conflict of interests between the pro and anti- EndSARS anniversary groups and the possibility of a mayhem.
 
Odumosu warned organisers of the protests that the police would deploy all legitimate means to stop or neutralise the planned protests. 

 
“Parents and 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 said.
 
The CP stated that the police will only allow an indoor and virtual event in commemoration of the EndSARS anniversary and will provide adequate security at the venue if known, which is in recognition of the rights of every Nigerian to express his or her interest.
 
He said: “We wish we could permit such street protests. However, intelligence at our disposal has revealed plans by some faceless groups or individuals to stage an anti-EndSARS anniversary protest in the state the same day.”