The Lagos State Police Command announced on Thursday that 34 people had been apprehended in connection with the #EndSars anniversary protest on Wednesday, Oct. 20.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the demonstration to commemorate the one-year anniversary of ENDSARS was carried out by a motorcade of demonstrators passing through the Lekki toll gate.
The protest, which began at 8 a.m. and ended two hours later, was mostly peaceful and posed no threat to security, with the exception of a brief traffic jam experienced by motorists during the period.
CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, the spokesperson for the Lagos police command, stated in a statement made available to journalists that some hoodlums took advantage of the jam to attack motorists after the protest had concluded.
"Around 11:30 p.m., when the genuine protesters had left quietly and without incident, hoodlums took advantage of the jam, with criminal intent, to begin targeting innocent law-abiding residents."
"The hoodlums stabbed in the stomach one Shina Edun of Man O' War Nigeria, who was affiliated to the Lekki Concession Company." The sufferer was promptly taken to the hospital, where he is now being treated.
Following the hoodlums' unlawful conduct, the police reacted quickly and dispersed them with minimal force.
"As a result, 34 of the hoodlums were apprehended." "We collected two cutlasses, one hammer, a jack knife, and several charms from them," he said.
The suspects were charged on the same day at Oshodi Magistrates' Court 5, before Magistrate Israel Adelakunon, for behaviour likely to cause breach of the peace, according to the PPRO.
While two of the accused pled guilty and were fined N10,000 each, "30 others pleaded not guilty and were granted bail in the amount of N20,000 with one surety in the same amount."
One of them was released and acquitted, while another, Chukwu Chika, who was arrested with a sharp cutlass and several charms, confessed to coming to sow violence and mayhem." he added.
According to Ajisebutu, the court ordered the police to conduct a comprehensive investigation into his case and charge him appropriately.
The police spokesperson went on to say that CP Hakeem Odumosu had expressed the command's heartfelt gratitude to the public for their unwavering support before, during, and after the protests.
Similarly, Ajisebutu stated that the CP also thanked the youths and other stakeholders for their understanding of the current peace and the state's secure environment, stressing that their collaboration and support helped to keep the state from experiencing another mayhem similar to the 2020 protests.
"To accomplish all of this, the command has committed to redouble its efforts in providing watertight security and protecting the lives and property of all law-abiding individuals in the state." he stated.
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