The Lagos State Police Command has admonished protesters to desist from any form of protest or gathering within the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Olumuyiwa Adejobi, communicated the admonishment on Thursday on behalf of the police authorities in the state.
He stated that, “the police would resist any protest as the government and people of Lagos still nurture the wounds of the recent violence that wreaked havoc across the state, following the #EndSARS protest.”
“The command wishes to inform the general public that based on intelligence gathering from relevant intelligence agencies, some unpatriotic elements or group of people have concluded plans to orchestrate another set of violence in the state, in furtherance to the recent violence, which has been analyzed as dangerous and counterproductive,” the statement said.
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He also added, “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.”
According to his communique, the police command asks parents and guardians to bring their children and wards to order and advise them against the planned protest.
He explained that contrary to what we think, the possibility of armed hoodlums hijacking such protests to cause grieve and pains like the recent past isn’t far off.
The command’s spokesman, therefore, called on upstanding residents of the state to pay no mind to any call for protest and that they should go about their daily business peacefully.
He went on to mention that the state has worked tirelessly in putting the right measures in place to ensure that law and order is maintained within the state.