Police in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria on Wednesday, Oct. 20 fired teargas at #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate Plaza.
Multiple media reports said police officers fired teargas to disperse protesters participating in a car procession being held at the Lekki Toll Gate to commemorate the shooting at the Plaza on Oct.20 last year during the #EndSARS protest.
But Hakeem Odumosu, Commissioner of Police in the state has refuted reports of the incident, insisting that the teargas was fired at “hoodlums,” not protesters.
“The activists had informed us that their activity will start by 8 a.m. and last till 10 a.m.,” Odumosu said.
“They had an agreement with us that they will be having a car procession, which they are done with and have left.”
Odumosu who addressed newsmen at the Lekki Toll Gate said that rightful protesters had concluded with their procession and had duly informed the Police that anyone found at the venue was not a member of the procession.
“Those cannot be protesters but hoodlums, and that is why they were chased away so that peaceful citizens can go about their lawful businesses,” he added.
The Commissioner added knives and other dangerous weapons were found in the possession of “the hoodlums”
#EndSarsMemorial is being held in memory of the #EndSARS protests of 2020 which was marred by extrajudicial killings of protesters by security operatives.
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