Lagos State Police Command has reaffirmed that the October 1 rally proposed by the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi’s supporters and other youths cannot take place at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.
The Commissioner of Police (CP), Abiodun Alabi disclosed this in a statement issued by the Command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin via Twitter on Friday.
Fedpolygist reports that Justice Daniel Osiagor of the Federal High Court, Lagos, ruled two days ago, that Obi’s supporters popularly known as Obidients should not converge at Lekki Toll Gate.
Alabi stated the police were not against the right and freedom of Nigerian youths to gather for rallies but would prevent them from converging at their proposed venue.
He added that the decision was germane to protect lives and property in Nigerian society.
The statement reads, “It has become imperative to reemphasize that no form of rally whatsoever will be allowed at the Lekki Toll gate tomorrow, October 1, 2022.
“This emphasis has become necessary to enlighten Nigerians that might be misled into converging on the toll gate. A court of competent jurisdiction has ruled that no person is allowed to converge on the Lekki Toll gate for whatever reason.
In conformity with its mandate to protect life and property, the Lagos State Police Command under the leadership of CP Abiodun Alabi, fdc will leave no stone unturned in ensuring total compliance with the court order and an emplacement of adequate security in the state.
“While the Command is not averse to the peoples’ right to freedom of assembly and association; and expression, the Command will equally live up to its mandate of ensuring that no person or group of persons is allowed to infringe on the fundamental human rights of others, especially the rights to freedom of movement and right to dignity of human persons, especially under the guise of rally or procession.”
The police warned that anyone found violating the court order would face the full wrath of the law.