The Lagos State Police Command has sent a strong warning to individuals or group of individuals who might be planning any form of protest or procession in the state to perish the thought, as the command would “resist any planned protest, procession or gathering under any guise or nomenclature in Lagos State “.
This warning was contained in a press statement on Thursday by the Lagos State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi.
The statement was titled ‘We will resist any planned protest in Lagos -Police’ with EF No CZ: 5650/LA/PPRO/VOL.3/48.
He warned that the police would not allow any form of protests whether tagged “peaceful” or not.
Adejobi expressed concern that “the government and people of Lagos still nurture the wounds of the recent #EndSARS violence that wreaked havocs across the state”.
The statement read in part, “The command wishes to inform the general public that based on intelligence gathering from relevant intelligence agencies, some unpatrioric elements or group of people have concluded plans to orchestrate another set of violence in the state in furtherance to the recent Endsars violence, which has been analysed as dangerous and counterproductive.
“Premised on this, the command, therefore, wishes to warn any individuals, group of students or any groups who might want to stage any form of protest, either “peaceful” or violent, or gathering whatsoever, to desist as the police and other security agencies will collectively and tactically resist any security threats or threats to public peace which might be triggered by protest or protesters in Lagos State.
“The Police command, emphatically, warns parents and guardians to discourage their children or wards from embarking on any protest in the state as the possibility of hijacking it by armed hoodlums to cause grieve and pains like the recent past is evident.
“We encourage the general public to ignore any call for protest and go about their lawful businesses as all hands are on deck to maintain law and order and public safety across the length and breadth of the state.