Lagos State Police Command has warned the organisers of the planned protest against the increase in toll fees on the Lekki-Epe Expressway and Lekki Bridge, planned for Friday, not to take laws into their hands.
The Command said in a statement on Thursday that they should also ensure the protest is not hijacked “by miscreants” as the police will not spare anybody taking laws into their hands.
“It has come to the knowledge of the Lagos State Police Command that some residents of Lekki/Ajah areas of the state are planning to protest the increase in toll fare by the management of Lekki Toll Plaza,” noted the Command.
It added that while the Command recognizes the right of citizens to carry out peaceful protest, “the police will not standby and watch protesters take laws into hands nor allow miscreants to hijack the protest.”
It,however, said the Command used this opportunity to “inform and warn the group planning this protest for tomorrow, Friday, the 9th of February, 2018, not to block the Highway, the Expressway or any road for that matter.”
All those who want to participate in the protest, police warned, must organize themselves in a peaceful manner in line with public protection and assembly law.
It said the Command would not hesitate to use “reasonable force” to “prevent” any group of persons from blocking the road or breaching the public peace.
The Command, therefore, said it would advise all to go about their lawful business peacefully on the Island and indeed every part of the state as adequate security is in place throughout the state.