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Lagos Police Approves #EndSARS Anniversary Protests

No Form of Protest Would Not Be Allowed In Lagos – Police Declares

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu has conceded that protest is the right of every Nigerian.

This comes as youths mobilize to mark the #endsars memorial on the 20th of October.

According to reports, the police boss made a U-turn on its earlier warning against any gathering or organisation of protest in commemoration of the first anniversary of last year’s #EndSARS protest in the state while addressing journalists on Saturday.

He was monitoring the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) state congress election in Lagos during the ocassion. Odumosu described protests as a right citizens are entitled to.

He added that the state police command would be ready to protect protesters.

Meanwhile, an earlier statement by the Lagos Police Command had said, “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…”

But Odumosu has made a U-turn, saying the police only want the organisers of such protests to work together and have a meeting point, NAN reports.

He said: “If you want to protest, it is your right under the law but you don’t have to block the road because, in the process of obstructing the road, you are no longer protesting for a better life for people.

The commissioner appealed to the #EndSARS protesters to give the police adequate information to ensure their protection and free flow of traffic.

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