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EndSARS: No street protests to mark anniversary in Lagos -Police insist

Anthony Iwuoma

 Authorities of the Lagos State Police Command have insisted that no protests would be allowed in the state to commemorate the anniversary of the #Endsars protests that rocked the country last year.
Consequently, the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has warned Lagosians  that anyone found in breach of the directive would be arrested.
He added that in the interest of security and public safety, the police would mobilise all legitimate means to stop or neutralise the planned protests.
The warning was contained in a statement made available to the medua by the spokesman of the state police command, Adekunle Ajisebutu.

“Parents, guardians are admonished to warn their children against participating in the protests. Similarly, youths and other individuals or groups planning to take part in the protests are further warned in their own interest to shelve the plan,” the statement read in part.

However, Odumosu added  that the  indoor and virtual event in commemoration of the EndSARS anniversary would be allowed, promising provide adequate security at the venue if known, which is in recognition of rights of every Nigerian to express his or her interest.

“We wish we could permit such street protests. However, intelligence at our disposal has revealed plans by some faceless groups or individuals to stage an anti-EndSARS anniversary protest in the state same day,” he added.

The CP emphasised the decision to deploy security operatives to foil activities by group to protest is due to the conflicting interest between the pro and anti- EndSARS anniversary groups and threat to cause mayhem.