By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The Lagos State Police Command has vowed to deal decisively with any group of persons that embark on public protest meant to cause breach of public peace.
It therefore enjoined those individuals wanting to protest government policies to consult with the command in order that they will be provided the needed security so that the protest will not be hijacked by hoodlums.
The command further implored that such aggrieved persons should explore the judiciary option rather than endangering the public peace.
In a release by the police public relations of the command SP. Chike Oti, the command stated that the warning became imperative following an information at its disposal that a group of persons under the sponsorship of some mischief makers, who are masquerading as civil right activists intend to block the Third Mainland Bridge and occupy some critical public infrastructures in Lagos to protest the increase in the Land Use Charge by the state government.
According to the statement, the command warned those concerned that any attempt to cause a breach of public peace or infringement on the right of others to pursue their daily aspirations will be met with stiff resistance.
It claimed that the Commissioner if Police was yet to receive any application from any group wishing to embark on a protest in any part of the state.
The statement reads in part, ” The attention of Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to the news making the rounds that a group of persons under the sponsorship of some mischief makers, and who are masquerading as civil rights activists, intends to block the Third Mainland Bridge and occupy some critical public infrastructures in Lagos to protest the increase in the Land Use Charge by the government of Lagos state.
The Command wishes to warn those concerned that any attempt by any individual or group of persons to cause a breach of the peace or infringe on the rights of others to pursue their daily aspirations, would be met with stiff resistance.
As it stands, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State has not received a single application from any group wishing to carry out protest in any part of the state”.
” It is therefore advised that these individuals wanting to protest government decision should consult with the police as it was the case with the Nigeria Bar Association before they carried out their very peaceful protest for which the police provided the needed security and ensured it was not hijacked by hoodlums.
Once again, the Command wishes to reiterate that it would not allow any group of protesters to compromise the peace in Lagos State in whatever guise.
Any group of persons that feel strongly against any policies of the government should explore the judiciary option instead of endangering the public peace”, it added