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#EndSARS- FG Cautions Against #OccupyLekkiTollGate

The Federal Government has banned the #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest scheduled for Saturday over intelligence report that it will be hijacked and used to destabilise the country.

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced this on Thursday at media briefing to address issues on the proposed protest.

Earlier in the week, it was widely circulated on twitter that some #EndSars protest proponents have given notice of their plan to return to Lagos-Lekki Toll Gate on Feb. 13.

It was also reported that the #OccupyLekkiTollGate flyers have been circulating online, with the proponents threatening that ”Lagos will burn” again.

Speaking on the issue, the minister said, while peaceful protests are the constitutional rights of Nigerians, violent protests will not be allowed.

The minister warned those planning to re-occupy Lekki Toll Gate on Saturday to desist, stressing that any further resort to violence in the name of EndSars will not be tolerated.

“….The security agents are ready for any eventuality…the minister said

The minister said many of those who have been loudest on social media in advertising the plan to reconvene in Lagos on Saturday were not in Nigeria.

He said they were elsewhere around the world fanning the embers of violence and inciting gullible people back home.

Mohammed admonished Nigerians not to fall for their antics, adding that government will not allow a repeat of the kind of destruction, killing and maiming wrought by the hijackers of EndSars protests.

The minister said the federal government is also keenly watching the role being played by the various social media platforms in the renewed clamour for violence in the country.

For those who are using justice as an alibi for the protest, the minister said they should file their complaints at the Judicial Panels of Inquiry set up by Lagos State Government.

He stressed that while the government believed in the constitutionally-guaranteed right of citizens to engage in peaceful protests, it would not fold its arms and watch the country destroyed.

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