FG warns Nigerians against fresh protest at Lekki Toll Gate
The Federal Government of Nigeria has vowed to stop any fresh protest at the Lekki tollgate on Saturday 13th February warning that security agents have already been up on alert.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made this known on Thursday at a media briefing in Abuja.
According to him, although the constitution guarantees the freedom of Nigerians to protest, they must do it in approved, designated places. “Lekki Toll Gate is not an approved place for protest.”
He said security agencies have been put on the alert to will ensure that there was no repeat of the kind of destruction unleashed on Lagos in October, last year.
The Minister said: “However, any further resort to violence in the name of #EndSARS will not be tolerated this time. ” The security agents are ready for any eventuality. A situation in which six soldiers and 37 policemen were murdered in cold blood by hoodlums will not repeat itself.
“The attack, looting and razing of 269 private and public property will not happen again. The killing of 57 civilians will not be re-enacted.”
“ No government anywhere will allow a repeat of the kind of destruction, killing and maiming wrought by the hijackers of #EndSARS protests last year. ” After all, only one policeman – (plus four others) – was killed in the invasion of the US Capitol in January, yet the FBI has continued to hunt down and prosecute the perpetrators. No life is more important than the other.”
Mohammed warned those planning the protest to shelve it. According to the minister, intelligence report indicated that some of those planners are non-Nigerians.
We therefore strongly warn those who are planning to re-occupy Lekki Toll Gate on Saturday to desist. ” We know that many of those who have been loudest on social media in advertising the plan to reconvene in Lagos on Saturday are not even in Nigeria.
“They are elsewhere around the world fanning the embers of violence and inciting gullible people back home. No one should fall for their antics.” He said.