The Lagos State Police Command has insisted that it will not tolerate any form of protest at the Lekki tollgate.
It would be recalled that Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered Labour Party’s #ObiDatti23 Forward Ever Rally not to hold at the Lekki Toll-Gate.
The Rally was scheduled to be held on October 1, 2022 at the Lekki Toll-Gate but suffered a set back after the Court order on Wednesday.
Presiding Judge, Justice Daniel Osiagor, ruled that supporters of the Labour Party can pass through the Toll-Gate for its rally but must not converge on the facility.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said that the command will leave no stone unturned in ensuring total compliance with the court order.
He said, “It has become imperative to reemphasise that no form of rally whatsoever will be allowed at the Lekki Toll gate on October 1, 2022.
“This emphasis has become necessary to enlighten Nigerians that might be misled into converging at the toll gate. A court of competent jurisdiction has ruled that no person is allowed to converge at the Lekki Toll gate for whatever reason.
“In conformity with its mandate to protect life and property, the Lagos State Police Command under the leadership of the Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, will leave no stone unturned in ensuring total compliance with the court order and an emplacement of adequate security in the state.”
Hundenyin said while the command was not averse to the peoples’ right to freedom of assembly and association, and expression, it would equally live up to its mandate of ensuring that no person or group of persons would be allowed to infringe on the fundamental human rights of others, especially the rights to freedom of movement and right to dignity of human persons, especially under the guise of rally or procession.
“The warning therefore goes that anyone found flouting the court order or infringing on the rights of other Nigerians will be dealt with in accordance with the law
“Meanwhile, the CP enjoins all peace loving persons to go about their lawful duties without fear of harassment or intimidation, reiterating that adequate security assets have been strategically deployed to ensure the safety and security of Nigerians at designated rally venues and across the state at large,” the statement said.