Residents of Lagos State have been warned against holding any protests in remembrance of the EndSARS protest, according to the Lagos State Police Command.
Remember that in October 2020, Nigerian teenagers came to the streets to demand an end to police brutality.
Unfortunately, after being seized by thugs, the demonstration turned violent.
However, there have been speculations that a new demonstration will take place in honor of those who died during the previous one.
In a statement made by its spokesperson, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, the State Police Command warned against such protests.
“Nigerians cannot afford to repeat the nasty experience of last year’s protest, which resulted in property loss,” he says.
Individuals or groups that want to hold an anniversary protest should drop the notion or face the full force of the law, he said.
“The Command would want to use this medium to advise any youths, groups, or associations preparing such a protest to abandon it immediately.”
“The state’s police will not fold their arms and allow certain misguided people to disrupt the state’s current calm and tranquility.
“We will also employ all legitimate tools available to us under the law to put down the planned protest.”
“Parents and guardians should caution their children against taking part in the planned protest.”
“Finally, individuals or organisations financing such protests are advised to abandon their intentions or face legal consequences,” the statement stated.