Following the Lagos State government’s plan to open the Lekki Toll Gate, #EndSARS protesters have taken 13th of February, 2021, for a peaceful protest for the toll gate not to be opened and also using the hashtag #OccupyTollgate.
Barely 24 hours to the set date for the proposed protest, security forces in their numbers, have been put in place at Lekki Tollgate axis.
As noted by guardian, the Lagos State government have reminded those planning another #EndSARS protests in the state to be mindful of the rights of other citizens of the country, stressing that government will do everything in its powers to safeguard the residents
“Our attention has been drawn to the planned protest scheduled for Saturday, February 13, 2021, at the Lekki Toll Gate for and against the opening of the Admiralty Toll Gate.”
“The State is aware of Sections 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which guarantees the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. However, such right does not permit violation of the rights of other citizens in the state.”
Also, According to Punch, No fewer than 18 protesters have been arrested by security operatives at the Lekki toll gate on Saturday.
It has also been reported that popular Nigerian comedian Debo Adebayo also known as Mr Macaroni has also been arrested.
The comedian joined other protesters at the tollgate to express his dissatisfaction with the decision of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry allowing the Lekki Concession Company to reopen the Lekki tollgate on Saturday.
Nigerians reacting to all that’s happening created another hashtag “DemNoBornDemPapaWell.”
Here are reactions from the hashtag #DemNoBornDemPapaWell below :
The way Mr Macaronni and the rest of the peaceful protesters were treated shows that Ambode, Tinubu and the rest of these outdated old men, #DemNoBornDemPapaWell
We’re not stopping till we #EndSARS
I just can’t wait for 2023 😢 pic.twitter.com/AinkiVTFqz
— 𝗡𝗮𝗻𝗰𝘆 𝗜𝘀𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 (@IsimeNancy) February 13, 2021
— Julius Ceezer ● (@Julius_Ceezer) February 12, 2021
I love the fact people are going live, posting videos of the arrest of Mr Macaroni & other peaceful protesters
Before Fashola Holmes discover another hidden camera & our Minister of information twist the story of how they came with weapons.#Lekkitollgate#DemNoBornDemPapaWell pic.twitter.com/pMIZoaduF5
— Omo Iya Principal (@OmoPrincipal1) February 13, 2021
— iam_comrade olowo (@OlowoTeslim4) February 13, 2021
— Ay (@Ayokunle_15) February 13, 2021
— U.G.L.Y 😴 (@Intellectual_OT) February 13, 2021
All these arms to arrest unarmed people fighting for our rights?
— Bethany 🇳🇬 💜 (@BethelGold) February 13, 2021
The Black Maria with which they arrested #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters and innocent bystanders/commuters could not start.
— Tosin Olugbenga (@TosinOlugbenga) February 13, 2021
#EndSARS : Drama at Lekki Tollgate as Police van (Black Maria) refused to start after arresting protesters. Officers are pushing it… 🙄🙄🙄🤣🤣
— Elevation News Today (@ElevationToday) February 13, 2021