By Taofeek Ajape Adedeji
The Lagos state Police command has vowed to resist any form of gathering in protest at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 1.
The police in a message by the state public relations officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin on Friday, said the police will carry out the court order resisting gathering for a protest at the Tollgate will be implemented to the latter.
He said; “it has become imperative to reemphasize that no form of rally whatsoever will be allowed at the Lekki Toll gate tomorrow, October 1, 2022.
This emphasis has become necessary to enlighten Nigerians that might be misled into converging on the toll gate. A court of competent jurisdiction has ruled that no person is allowed to converge on the Lekki Toll gate for whatever reason.”
Hundeyin speaking further, said, in conformity with its mandate to protect life and property, the Lagos State Police Command CP Abiodun Alabi, will leave no stone unturned in ensuring total compliance with the court order and an emplacement of adequate security in the state.
He said the police recognise and respect people’s rights but will not allow a group of persons to disturb the peace of the state in any form.
He said; “while the Command is not averse to the peoples’ right to freedom of assembly and association; and expression, the Command will equally live up to its mandate of ensuring that no person or group of persons is allowed to infringe on the fundamental human rights of others, especially the rights to freedom of movement and right to dignity of human persons, especially under the guise of rally or procession.
The warning, therefore, goes that anyone found flouting the court order or infringing on the rights of other Nigerians will be dealt with in accordance with the law.”
Meanwhile, CP Alabi enjoins all peace loving persons to go about their lawful duties without fear of harassment or intimidation, reiterating that adequate security assets have been strategically deployed to ensure the safety and security of Nigerians at designated rally venues and across the state at large.