The Lagos State government has urged Lagosians to desist from taking part in a planned protest at the Lekki Toll gate on Lagos lsland, being called by two groups, under the names of” Occupy Lagos”and “Save Lagos” slated for Saturday 13th February.
The stand of the state government was made known at a media conference jointly addressed by the state Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Mr Moyosore Onigbonjo, SAN, his Counterpart in the Ministry of lnformation and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotosho and the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu at the press center in Alausa – lkeja.
Mr Moyosore who explained that the attention of the state government has been drawn to a planned protest at the Lekki Toll gate on Saturday by two groups, said although sections 39 and 40 of the Constitution respects the rights for peaceful expression and assembly, it doesn’t allow any person or group to infringe upon the rights of others, by disturbing public peace.
He noted that considering the protocols against COVID-19 pandemic , especially the need to maintain social distancing, any lndividual or corporate body who incites or supports such unlawful gathering shall be prosecuted in accordance with the Law.
The state Attorney General however urged the Nigerian Police force to respect human rights of the citizens under law, in the discharge of their lawful duty.
Contributing, the Commissioner of Information and Strategy,Mr Omotosho, noted that many Lagosians are still trying to overcome the pains of the October ENDSARS protest which was hijacked by hoodlums, where lives were lost and properties worth over One trillion naira were destroyed.
He reiterated that any planned protest against or in support of the government would be counter productive to the ongoing efforts to rebuilding Lagos.
On his part, the Commissioner of police, CP Odumosu warned that no protest under any disguise would be allowed in Lagos, as security agents have been placed on red alert against any unlawful gathering.
CP Odumosu also used the opportunity to warn parents and guardians to advise their wards from taking part in any protest in any part of the state, or face the full wrath of Law.
He also reiterated the state police command’s committment to the protection of lives and property, urged Lagosians to go about their lawful activities without fear or intimidation.