The Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has banned all forms of protests in Lagos State until further notice.
The Police in a statement on Thursday, 5th November signed by SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, State public relations officer on behalf of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police noted that the state can’t accomodate any kind of protest at this time.
Adejobi added that the Police had received intelligence reports that some persons were planning fresh protests in the state. He therefore warned such persons to shelf their plans as the state is still healing from the violence that erupted after the #EndSARS protests.
The statement reads: “The Lagos State Police Command has vowed to resist any form of planned protest, procession, or gathering under any guise or nomenclature in Lagos State as the government and people of Lagos still nurture the wounds of the recent Endsars violence that wrecked havocs across the state.”
“The command wishes to inform the general public that based on intelligence gathering from relevant intelligence agencies, some unpatrioric elements or group of people have concluded plans to orchestrate another set of violence in the state in furtherance to the recent Endsars violence, which has been analyzed as dangerous and counterproductive.”
“Premised on this, the command, therefore, wishes to warn any individuals, group of students or any groups who might want to stage any form of protest, either “peaceful” or violent, or gathering whatsoever, to desist as the police and other security agencies will collectively and tactically resist any security threats or threats to public peace which might be triggered by protest or protesters in Lagos State.”
“The Police command, emphatically, warns parents and guardians to discourage their children or wards from embarking on any protest in the state as the possibility of hijacking it by armed hoodlums to cause grieve and pains like the recent past is evident.”
“We encourage the general public to ignore any call for protest and go about their lawful businesses as all hands are on deck to maintain law and order and public safety across the length and breadth of the state.”