Lagos State To Prosecute Police Officers For Molesting Lekki Tollgate Protesters

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Yemisi Izuora

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has vowed to ensure the prosecution of Police officers who allegedly brutalised #OccupyLekkiTollgate protesters on Saturday.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso, a media briefing organised by the Lekki Concession Company.

According to Omotoso, the Governor never directed the Police to assault anyone, adding that Sanwo-Olu would not stand by and watch Lagosians being brutalised.

Omotoso said, “The Governor is very unhappy with what happened on Saturday, that people were brutalized, and he has directed Lagos Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu to investigate the matter. Whoever is found culpable, I assure you, will not go without punishment. This is because Mr. Sanwo-Olu has said it loud and clear that he is not somebody who will abuse the rights of others.

“That’s why when the whole thing started, you will recall, he joined the protests twice. He waved the flag, he carried the placard and he took the position of the protesters to the President. Besides that, he addressed them. So, he is not going to be the one who will stand by and watch Lagosians being brutalised.”

There was widespread anger on Saturday following the arrest of 40 persons; who protested peacefully against the reopening of the Lekki Tollgate Plaza in Lagos State.

The peaceful protesters were arrested on Saturday and locked up in standby Black Marias.

Consequently, the Police arraigned them before a mobile court in Yaba for conspiracy; conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace, and violation of COVID-19 protocols.

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing Police brutality; and alleged killings of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki Tollgate ruled that the tollgate be handed back to its operator, Lekki Concession Company; after forensic experts submitted their report on the October 20, 2020 incident.

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