DefendLagos: Youths Plan Counter-Protest At Lekki Tollgate

DefendLagos: Youths Plan Counter-Protest At Lekki Tollgate
DefendLagos: Youths Plan Counter-Protest At Lekki Tollgate

Youths have announced plans to arrange a counter-protest at the Lekki tollgate on Saturday, February 13.

This is coming to a couple of hours after some youths took to Twitter to involve a protest against the reopening of the Lekki tollgate.

The PUNCH had reported that the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged killing of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate had, on Saturday, approved the reopening of the tollgate.

However, four out of the nine members of the panel faulted the report of the forensic experts hired to comb the scene for evidence.

The counter-rally, which is trending on Twitter as #DefendLagos and #DemNoBornYourPapaWell, is to protest against protesters of #OccupyLekkiTollGate.

The poster of counter-rally shared on social media showed that it’s holding at an equivalent venue and time because the one planned by the #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters.

“Let us protect what the destroyers left behind while we rebuild Lagos. Join the ‘defend Lagos’ rally at the Lekki tract,” a message on the poster read with pictures of destructed buildings and other facilities during the violence that followed the #EndSARS protest within the state.

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One of the promoters of the #DefendLagos protest, Olusoga Owoeye @olusogaowoeye said, “Show your love for our Lagos. Get your friends and your neighbors to be there. Join the DefendLagos Rally at the Lekki tract on the 13th of February. we’ll not cede our city to criminals and insurrectionists. Lagos is our pride.”

Another promoter, @salamhunters, said, “We will defend and protect our Lagos from looters and arsonists.”

“We say no to all or any slowpoke and opportunists planning evil towards Lagos,” @Adetade6 added.

@Kazeem_AS lamented that he’s yet to get over the damages caused by the last protest.

“I must be there to defend Lagos. I used to be born in Lagos. albeit I’m from Ondo State, I lived all my life in Lagos. I will be able to never allow any miscreants to destroy Lagos again, never will it happen,” Olumide Akin @holumyne said.

Iyalaya @lollylarry1 noted, “No one has the monopoly of madness. The destruction of Lagos by the foolish lots is enough. this point we are getting to #DefendLagos and #DemNoBornYourPapaWell to try to anyhow.”

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•Security operatives during their deployment to Lekki tollgate to stop the second round of #EndSARS protest in Lagos; and #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo, Osun State…Monday. Photos: Olukayode Jaiyeola and Bola Bamigbola

Bloody clash looms

Some tweeps have expressed fear that the protests may end in a bloody clash at the Lekki tollgate, urging the government and security agencies to step in.

One of them, @AjayiWizeman, said “I am sure the #DefendLagos people won’t come on Saturday and be civil. they’re going to be wearing the police, soldiers, and DSS uniforms alongside thugs. Dem no fit face thousands who will #OccuppyLekkiTollGate Na we set the date and time!”

@sageugo added, “This is that the plot, they’ll pay some Twitter influencers to trend #DefendLagos from now till 13th February, then on the D-day, they’ll unleash equivalent hoodlums they want to destroy Lagos during the #ENDSARS protest for a bloody clash with the #OccuppyLekkiTollGate protesters.”

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Koiki Olaseni said, “Eventually, the Police will ban all sorts of protest to ensure peace.”

@drjollyseg noted that “@jidesanwoolu this is often the time to be proactive! If care isn’t taken, there’ll be bloodshed and needless deaths following a possible clash between the 2 groups. Don’t overrule a possible hijack by hoodlums again.”

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu
#DontLetThemBringLagosDown, Sanwo-Olu’s aide begs

The Chief Press Secretary to the Lagos State Governor, Gboyega Akosile, has reacted to the planned protest slated for Saturday, February 13, 2020, against the reopening of the Lekki tollgate within the state.

Not pleased by the panel’s decision, some Nigerians on Twitter threatened to occupy the tollgate on Saturday to precise their displeasure.

Reacting to the planned protest, Akosile, in response to a tweet with the hashtag #DontLetThemBringLagosDown, said “nobody will bring our dear Lagos State down! Their rights end where other people’s rights begin.”

Lagos State had witnessed the destruction of public and personal properties during the #EndSARS protest, before and after the alleged Lekki tollgate shooting by soldiers.

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