- Say any attempt to breach peace will be resisted
The Lagos State Police Command yesterday warned some protesters planning to block Third Mainland Bridge and other critical public infrastructure in the state over the new Land Use Charge (LUC) of the state government, saying any attempt to breach public peace would be met with stiff resistance.
The police in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Chike Oti, said up till now, those behind the planned protest were yet to apply for necessary permit, and that it was in their interest to follow the rule of law to the ventilate whatever grievances with government.
According to the statement, Oti said: â€œThe 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 against the increase in the Land Use Charge by the state government.
â€œThe 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.â€
While recalling a recent protest by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch, on the new LUC, the police spokesman said it was important for the necessary application to that effect to be made to prevent the protest from being hijacked by hoodlums which ultimately would threaten the peace of the state.
â€œAs 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 NBA before they carried out their very peaceful protest for which the police provided the needed security and ensured it was not hijacked by hoodlums.
â€œOnce 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 feels strongly against any policies of the government should explore the judiciary option instead of endangering the public peace,â€ Oti said.