The Lagos police have been on a show of force moving from Obalende to the Lekki Toll Gate on the eve of all mothers of #EndSars protests scheduled to hold at 0700 hours of Saturday.
Lagos Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu Patmos Media Line can reveal led the 200 branded Rapid Response Squad (RRS) all kitted up with canisters of tear gas hanging on the necks like a necklace; guns in their hands which we could not confirm whether they were carrying rubber bullets or live bullets; helmets with face shield and so on.
We can inform you that the battle ready police force arrived the Lekki Toll gate at 1830 hours with their CP Odumosu on tail 15 minutes later. They came with ambulances, police vans and cars.
Civilians around the place were told to ‘keep moving’ in stern instruction devoid of the phrase POLICE ARE YOUR FRIENDS and we got a hint that Journalists may not be allowed at the Tollgate on Saturday though few Journalists who were around Friday were doubled with a no nonsense tone.
Information Minister, Lai Mohammed had warned that any violent protest at Lekki by the Soro Soke Generation (Speak Up) will be crushed a terminology that has been criticized by watchers of the level of intolerance by the Buhari Government.
But Lai Mohammed insisted that no responsible Government will tolerate the violence, wanton destruction of properties and waste of lives including security agents that were killed by protesters.
Less than 24 hours to the protest, a member of the Lagos Judicial panel, Savvy Rinu representing the youths stepped down from the panel alleging cover up because the contentious Lekki Tollgate was released without their agreement as panel members even contending that the order was illegal because there was no quorum at the sitting when the order was given.
Rinu and the other youth on the panel however said they do not support the planned protest with another legal luminary member of the panel, Ebun Adegboruwa begging the youths to shelve the protests as it is not reasonable to lose souls at this time.
Patmos Media Line learnt that residents around the Tollgate were arranging their private security to shield off any attack or arson on them.
Lagos State was more concerned with the legal aspect of the protest reminding the youths of Covid-19 laws of not more than 50 people in a gathering and maintenance of the social distance and face mask wearing order.
- Eniola Olatunji.