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Independence Day: No Rally Will Be Allowed at Lekki Tollgate - Police

Lagos State Police Command has said it will not allow any rally at the Lekki toll gate on October 1 following a court order.

The Command’s spokesman Benjamin Hundeyin in a statement on Friday said it has become imperative to stress that no form of rally would be allowed at the toll gate.

The Lekki toll gate has been the rallying point for protesters since the alleged shooting of unarmed protesters by security forces on October 20, 2020.

Hundeyin said the emphasis became necessary to enlighten Nigerians that might be “misled into converging at the toll gate.”

“A court of competent jurisdiction has ruled that no person is allowed to converge at the Lekki Toll gate for whatever reason,” he said.

Hundeyin noted that the State Commissioner of Police Abiodun Alabi warned that anyone who disobeys the court order would be prosecuted.

The said court order was one made by a Federal High Court restraining Peter Obi’s supporters from holding a rally at the toll gate.

“In conformity with its mandate to protect life and property, CP Alabi, will leave no stone unturned in ensuring total compliance with the court order and an emplacement of adequate security in the state,” Hundeyin said.

“While the Command is not averse to the peoples’ right to freedom of assembly and association; and expression, the Command will equally live up to its mandate of ensuring that no person or group of persons is allowed to infringe on the fundamental human rights of others. especially rights to freedom of movement and right to dignity of human persons.

“The warning therefore goes that anyone found flouting the court order or infringing on the rights of other Nigerians will be dealt with in accordance with the law.”

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