Security operatives have taken over the Lekki toll gate ahead of the first anniversary of #EndSARS nationwide protests.
We gathered that operatives of the police, soldiers and other agencies have stormed the tollgate.
Recall that police authorities and the Lagos State Government had warned against another phase of protests.
But groups have insisted that they would carry on with the protest on remembrance of those who lost their lives last year.
Witnesses told The Nation that heavy presence of armed security operatives was spotted in some parts of Lekki and other areas of the State.
The National Economic Council had warned against October 20 #EndSARS anniversary protest by aggrieved Nigerian citizens.
The council has advised those interested in taking part in the protest to look out for other lawful alternatives to express their grievances and suspend the planned anniversary, noting that the protest might again be hijacked by hoodlums.
We also understand that NEC gave the advisory in a statement released on Friday, October 15.
Recounting various actions and inactions already taken by federal and state governments in addressing the gruesome killings of citizens and harassments that led to the 2020 protests, NEC opined that staging another protest might heighten the current security situation in the country.
The council, urged the organizers of the protest to lay low, noting that the recommendations of panels are already at various stages of implementation, including the setup of victims’ compensation funds.
NEC stressed that opportunistic criminals may take advantage of the exercise to cause mayhem at such protest events and venues.We are social! follow us on: