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JUST IN: Police arrests journalist, three EndSARS protester in Lagos

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Nigerian Police has arrested a journalist and three of the youths engaging in demonstrations to mark the first year anniversary of the Lekki shooting in Lagos State.

As gathered, the journalist, Abisola Alawode, a staff of an online media organization, Legit, was picked by the law enforcement officers alongside three other youth protesting against security agencies brutality at the Lekki tollgate in the state.

Abisola, as learnt, was at the scene to capture the visuals of the demonstrations around the tollgate when he arrived at the scene to cover the demonstration scheduled in memory of the mayhem that ensued last year, October 2020.

Aside from those apprehended, some of the journalists at the scene were also harassed by the law enforcement agency during the demonstration at the Lekki tollgate.

The arrests of these people came barely 24 hours after the law enforcement agency placed an indefinite ban on protests and any other forms of demonstrations particularly those set up to commemorate the first year anniversary of the Lekki shooting last year, October 20th, 2020.

On Wednesday, these victims were apprehended by the Police during a car procession ongoing at the Lekki tollgate to mark the #EndSARS protests.

One of the protesters arrested said: “I did not do anything,” said one of the young men before his arrest. They beat me, they collected my phone, they took my money; the police have not learnt their lessons.”

Shortly after they were arrested, both men were taken into a waiting truck of the Lagos State Task Force, after which the vehicle zoomed off.

While the police are stationed at the tollgate for security purposes, officials of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) were seen maintaining a free flow of traffic.

Speaking on the harassment, a journalist from Arise Television, Femi Akinsanya, narrated that the law enforcement harassed her and other colleagues that had gone to the scene to ensure live coverage of the scene.

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