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Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumoso has declared that no protest will hold at the Lekki Tollgate on Saturday.

Recall that some Nigerians believed to be proponents of the #EndSARS protests are planning to embark on a protest against the recent banning of the cryptocurrency by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

The organisers of the protest fixed Saturday, February 13 for the commencement of the mass action tagged: ‘EndSARS Season 2 or #OccupyLekkiTollGate.

According to Mr Odumoso, the protest will disrupt the outcome of ongoing cases related to the #EndSARS movement.

“Organising any protest in furtherance of the recent violent and destructive #EndSARS protest will be counterproductive to the ongoing series of inquiries and investigations into many cases related to the #EndSARS violence and the present security situation of the state.”

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Mr Odumoso revealed that intelligence reports had shown that hidden agents had orchestrated the violence that occurred during the first #EndSARS protests.

He said: “The command has gathered intelligence that some hidden agents of destruction and shadow parties that planned and orchestrated the last #EndSARS violence have concluded plans to cause another set of mayhem in Lagos State and spread same to other parts of the country, tactically and spontaneously, like the recent violence.

“The command perceives such proposed protest as a calculated attempt to cause pandemonium, brouhaha and massive destruction of lives and properties under whatever guide and such will not be allowed in Lagos State.

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“The decision of the command in this regard is in the interest of all and sundry in Lagos and to ensure that the statutory responsibilities of the Nigeria Police Force are not compromised.”

The commissioner declared that adequate deployment of security forces have been emplaced around Lagos, and appealed to Nigerians to ignore any gathering that will lead to the disruption of peace in the society.

“I, therefore, appeal to the general public, particularly parents and guardians, to discourage and warn their children and wards to ignore any unreasonable call or mobilization for protest or gathering which runs against the existing peace and security situation of the state,” he said.

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