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Police may disperse Democracy Day protesters, other unapproved gathering across Lagos

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

 

The Nigerian Police, Lagos Command, has disclosed that none of the Civil Society Organisationss (CSO) had been given the approval to embark on protest and demonstrations across the state to celebrate June 12 Democracy Day, just as it warned that the law enforcement agency would not hesitate to disperse any group that was not lawfully approved to gather within Lagos.

It, meanwhile, asked Lagosians to disregard any sit-at-home order allegedly called by certain groups which was currently been circulated in social media and that they should go about their lawful businesses, saying the police and other security agencies have made necessary arrangement to maintain law and order across the state.

The Police noted that neither was any approval on demonstration given groups or civil societies to march across Lagos and that there were no approvals issued from any quarters that curfew has been imposed and police should enforce during this year’s June 12 Democracy Day celebration.

Debunking allegations and rumours making the rounds, Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, stressed that normal commercial and social activities in the state stand as usual across Lagos and assured that adequate security personnel have been deployed to ensure the safety of lives and property as well as orderliness in the state

Odumosu, therefore, urged members of the public to disregard any rumoured sit-at-home order and lockdown of markets as well as total paralysis of economic and social activities in the state on June 12.

According to him, it is a mere mischievous rumour and calculated attempt to create fears in the minds of Lagosians and disrupt the peaceful atmosphere in Lagos State.

Odumosu, therefore, appeals to members of the public to go about their lawful businesses as the police and other security agencies have made necessary arrangements to maintain law and order across the state on 12th June, 2021 and beyond.

The commissioner, in a statement, made available to newsmen on Friday, and signed by the command spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, disclosed that a special Squads has been created to go after traffic robbers that had been terrorising Lagosians and get the state rid of such miscreants.

Addressing personnel deployed for the task at Command Headquarters, Ikeja, Odumosu equally released some crime-fighting equipment and modern communication gadgets to the Squads for efficiency and better service delivery as some of the identified areas like Eko Bridge, Apongbon, Cele, Ijora, Ojota/7up, Mike 12, Surulere etc, must be cleared of miscreants and traffic robbers with immediate effect.

While assuring the general public of adequate security of lives and property in Lagos State, the Commissioner of Police, reiterated that police personnel in the command will religiously discharge their duties within the ambit of the law.

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