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11.02.2021 EndSARS Watch Chances #OccupyLekkyTollGate Protest Will Be Hijacked Are ‘Very High’, Says Lai

Published 11th Feb, 2021

By Ibrahim Adeyemi

The Federal Government has warned youths against the #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest, saying that it could be hijacked by hoodlums.

Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, said this at a press conference held in Abuja, on Thursday. Mohammed claimed that activists are colluding with their foreign counterparts to destabilise Nigeria.

In a speech titled: ‘Perpetration of Violence under the guise of EndSARS: Never again’, the Minister said:  “As you may be aware, some EndSARS proponents have given notice of their plan to return to Lagos – Lekki Toll Gate to be specific – on Saturday, February 13th 2021.

“The ”Occupy Lekki Toll Gate” flyers have been circulating online, with the proponents threatening that ‘Lagos will burn’ again.

“Let me be clear: While peaceful protests are the constitutional rights of Nigerians, violent protests are not. At this time, the chances that any peaceful protest will be hijacked are very high.

“Based on the intelligence at the disposal of the Federal Government, some Nigerian activists have linked up with others outside Nigeria, including subversive elements, with a view to destabilizing the country. We cannot and must not allow this to happen.”

The campaigners of the #OccupyLekkiTollGate recently unveiled their plan to stage a protest against the decision of the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry to reopen the Lekki toll gate.

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Published 11th Feb, 2021

By Ibrahim Adeyemi

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