Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has warned against any form of protest in the state intended to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests, which swept through the state last year.
In a release issued on his behalf by the police command’s spokesman, Adekunle Ajisebute, the commissioner noted that “credible intelligence at the disposal of the command has revealed clandestine plans by some youths, individuals or groups to embark on protest, today, in commemoration of one year anniversary of #EndSARS.
“Lagosian and, indeed, Nigerians cannot afford to relive the distasteful experience of last year’s protests, which caused pain, anguish, needless loss of lives, and wanton destruction of public and private property.
“In view of the volatility of the present situations in the country, and the breakdown of law and order which the planned protest might cause, the Lagos State Police Command sternly warns against any form of protest today.
“The command wishes to use this medium to warn the youths, groups, or associations planning such protest to jettison the idea, forthwith. The police in the state will not fold their arms and allow some misguided elements disrupt the peace and serenity currently being enjoyed in the state.”
Odumosu assured “all law-abiding residents of the state to go about their legitimate businesses without fear of harassment or intimidation. Adequate security measures have been put in place to ensure the protection of their lives and property today and even beyond.”