according to a report by SaharaReporters, some cops from the Adeniji Adele division on Lagos Island are presently torturing the #OccupyLekkiTollgate protesters who were harassed and arrested within the early hours of Saturday.
SaharaReporters learned that the protesters in detention and being tortured include; Kehinde Ogunbayo, Jeffrey Olonta, Kehinde Aghedo Stephen, Juwon Sanyaolu, Ayoyinka Oni, and Damilare Adenola Michael.
“I just confirmed from my sources at Adeniji Adele police headquarters that arrested protesters and activists are currently being severely tortured by officers of the Nigeria Police @PoliceNG. They’ve also seized their phones. we’d like quick intervention,” a source said.
The police in Lagos State earlier also arrested activist and comedian, Debo Adebayo, also referred to as Mr. Macaroni, and other protesters at the continued #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest on Saturday.
Some of the protesters were nabbed on Saturday, attacked, and harassed by the policemen.
The protesters were arrested around 7:50 am, SaharaReporters gathered.
They decided to organize the #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest started after the controversial ruling of the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry to reopen the Lekki toll gate.
The panel, headed by Doris Okuwobi, a retired judge, on Saturday ruled in favor of the Lekki Concession Company, LCC, to repossess the track for repairs and insurance claims.
The ruling was supported by five members out of the nine-man panel, with four other members, including Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), and therefore the youth representatives dissenting to the ruling.
Despite the dissenting ruling, the Lekki tract has been handed over to LCC for reopening.
State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said ‘security agencies wouldn’t fold their arms’ as youths plan fresh protests against police brutality and extortion.
The police boss said such demonstration, whether peaceful or violent, wouldn’t be allowed to occur because the government and other people of Lagos still nurse the injuries of the recent #EndSARS violence that wreaked havoc across the state.