The first anniversary of the EndSARS protests would be marked on the 20th of October 2021. The anniversary would be held to remember the young protesters who were brutally murdered while protesting in different parts of the country.
A public procession has been planned by some of the organizers of the protest, however, the Lagos police has announced that it is against any protest and would crack down on any protester found on October the 20th.
The Lagos state police command has recently announced that it would not allow any protest in the state. Officers have already been deployed to different places in Lagos to quell any planned protest and arrest any protester.
The Lagos Commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu, has revealed in a statement that plans are being made to arrest protesters found on the streets of Lagos.
He stated that people would be allowed to protest indoors and online, however, protesting outside on the streets would not be allowed.
The commissioner urged members of the public to desist from the news that the police is planning to allow street protests across the state. He stated that the rumors were fake and anyone found would be dealt with.
In the statement, the police made it known that the reason why protests are not going to be allowed is because of the intelligence report received by the police about a faceless anti-EndSARS group who are threatening to rally against the EndSARS protesters.
The commissioner said that the police could have allowed the protests to hold in public, however, it would not be allowed in order to avoid a repeat of the last protests in which innocent people and officers were killed and public properties destroyed.
He therefore announced that all protests are banned in Lagos and the force would use every legitimate means to crack down on any protest that would hold in the state.
He called on parents and guardians to advise their wards to desist from partaking in the protest as anyone caught would be arrested.
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