Nigeria’s Lagos state police command has advised people to avoid protesting during the one-year commemoration of the # EndSARS demonstration in the state.
To mark the one-year anniversary of ENDSARS, state police said in a statement issued by CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu that they had reliable information indicating that certain young people, individuals, or organizations were planning to protest.
This year’s demonstration caused “pain, agony, senseless loss of life and wanton damage of people and property,” according to the command. They believe Lagosians and Nigerians can’t afford to repeat that experience. Those contemplating holding an anniversary protest have been advised to drop the plan immediately or risk severe legal repercussions.
Nigerian teenagers went to the streets in October to protest police violence. Thugs seized control of the demonstration, and it quickly descended into chaos.
''In view of the volatility of the present situations in the country, and the breakdown of law and order which the planned protest might cause, the Lagos State Police Command sternly warns against any form of protest today. The Command wishes to use this medium to warn the youths, groups, or associations planning such protest to jettison the idea forthwith. The police in the state will not fold their arms and allow some misguided elements disrupt the peace and serenity currently being enjoyed in the state. To forestall breakdown of law and order, the police will use all legitimate means within their constitutional powers to suppress the planned protest. Therefore, parents and guardians are advised to warn their children against participating in the planned protest. Individuals or groups sponsoring such protest are also warned in their own interest to desist from such unpatriotic plan or face the full weight or wrath of the law.''
There’s no need to worry about being harassed or intimidated, according to the state’s Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, according to Ajisebutu. To safeguard their lives and property now and in the future, adequate, extra security measures have been implemented.