The Lagos State Police Command has warned people against organising any protests to mark the first anniversary of the #EndSARS protest in the state.
In October 2020, Nigerian youths took to the streets to demand an end to police violence. After being overtaken by thugs, the demonstration became violent.
The state police command claimed that credible evidence at its disposal suggested that some youths, individuals, or organisations were intending to protest on the first anniversary of ENDSARS, according to a statement released by its spokesperson, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu.
The command claimed that Lagosians, and Nigerians, cannot afford to repeat the unpalatable experience of last year’s demonstration, which resulted in “pain, misery, unnecessary loss of life, and wanton destruction of public and private property,” according to the command.
“Because of the volatility of the current events in the country, and the potential for law and order breakdown that the planned demonstration may generate, the Lagos State Police Command firmly warns against any kind of protest”, the command said.
The command has advised any youths, groups, or associations that are preparing such protests to discontinue their plans immediately. The command also stated that the state’s police would not fold their arms and allow a few misguided elements to undermine the state’s current calm and tranquility.
To avoid the breakdown of law and order, the police said it would employ “all legal methods” available to them under the law to put down the planned protest.
“As a result, parents and guardians should caution their children against taking part in the scheduled protest. Individuals or groups financing such protests are also cautioned that if they continue with their unpatriotic scheme, they will face the full force of the law”, the statement read.