#EndSARS: Protesters Defy Curfew, Continues at Alausa, Lekki Toll Gate
#EndSARS protesters in the Alausa area of Lagos have continued to gather around the governor’s office despite the curfew imposed by the state government.
Apart from the curfew imposed by the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos State Police Command also banned protests in the state.
A few hours after the curfew took effect, some youths continued to push for their demands peaceful.
Though policemen and soldiers were deployed in the venue of the protest, they did not disperse the protesters.
In the course of the demonstration, the protest was thrown into a frenzy when the protesters sighted three patrol vehicles of ‘Operation MESA’ approaching them.
The operation, which is commonly known as ‘OP MESA’, is a joint internal security operational platform made up of the Nigerian Army, Navy, and Air Force.
As they come closer, the military personnel on the vans hailed the protesters, who in turn gathered around the patrol vehicles in a show of friendliness.
Earlier, the Lagos State Police Command had banned protests in the state.
This was contained in a press statement by the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, on Tuesday.
The police ban came a few hours after the Lagos State Government imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state, starting from 4 pm.
Before the declaration of the curfew, at least two police stations were burnt in Lagos State by hoodlums.
The statement read in part, “Due to the new development of violent attacks on police officers and men and formations including innocent Nigerians in Lagos State, and the 24-hour curfew imposed by the Lagos State Government with effect from 4 pm today October 20; the Lagos State Police Command wishes to inform the public that henceforth no protest or gathering or possession, under whatever guise, is permitted within Lagos State.
“In light of the above, all security agencies have deployed adequate personnel to take charge and enforce the curfew across the state.
“The command regrets to confirm the setting ablaze of Orile Police State today at about 10am, where some of our policemen were critically injured and unconfirmed reports state that one of them is dead.”
The PPRO regretted that the #ENDSARS protests have been hijacked by hoodlums.
“It’s crystal clear that the #ENDSARS protest has been hijacked by hoodlums who want to run down the state and the police command will resist such a state of anarchy, unrest, and brouhaha with all powers within the ambit of the law.
“While the command is resolute in the sustenance of human rights and democratic tenets, the public is hereby warned to comply with the curfew and desist from any act of violence in the state as the command will resist such in totality,” he added.