The Lagos Police Command on Sunday banned all forms of protests and gatherings in the state.
This is coming on the heels of the planned second phase of #ENDSARS protests billed to commence Monday in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and other cities.
Organisers of the protests who have raised awareness on the social media said the second phase was to demand among other things; the release of all protesters detained during the first action, unfreezing of all accounts that were frozen by the Central Bank of Nigeria as a result of ENDSARS protest and a referendum.
But the Lagos Police Command in a statement by spokesman Olumuyiwa Adejobi warned that no such gathering would be permitted.
It said some unpatriotic individuals and groups were planning to embark on the replica of the recent destructive and violent Endsars protest that left pains and agonies in Lagos State.
“The Command has reliably gathered intelligence that certain individuals/groups have concluded plans to lure unsuspecting Lagosians, especially youths, into their planned protest which is proposed to commence tomorrow Monday, December 7, at designated locations in the state.
“The Lagos State Police command wishes to re-echo and remind the public that the Government of Lagos State, businesses, individuals and security families still groan in losses and pains that the last violent Endsars protest occasioned.
“Lagos State is still nurturing the wounds orchestrated by some violent Endsars protesters and not fit to accommodate such protest for now.
“In the light of the above, the Lagos State Police Command therefore warns those who might want to disguise under Endsars protest to cause another set of mayhem, brouhaha and violence in the state, to desist from such plans as the police and other security agencies will not fold their arms seeing individuals or groups orchestrating another violence and anarchy in the state. “The command also warns parents and guardians to warn and discourage their children and wards from being lured into any act, gathering or protest capable of causing violence in the state.
“The command wishes to reiterate that any unlawful gathering, procession or protest will be suppressed professionally in accordance with the provisions of the law.
“The police command encourages Lagosians and those who are in Lagos for their genuine engagements, to go about their lawful businesses as all hands are on deck to maintain law and order within the length and breadth of Lagos State,” said Adejobi.