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Police vow to use force to suppress planned #EndSARS protest

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Lagos state police command has said it will use “all legitimate means” to quell the planned #EndSARS anniversary protest in the state.

Commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu made this known in a statement released on Monday.

He said; “The police in the state will not fold their arms and allow some misguided elements disrupt the peace and serenity currently being enjoyed in the state. To forestall breakdown of law and order, the police will use all legitimate means within their constitutional powers to suppress the planned protest.”

It claimed that the command had received information of a planned protest on October 20 to mark one year of the #EndSARS protest.

Odumosu warned that the police would not hesitate to use all legal means to stop the protest from taking place following the experience of the last #EndSARS protest.

“Credible intelligence at the disposal of the command has revealed clandestine plans by some youths, individuals, or groups to embark on a protest today in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of #EndSARS.

“Lagosians and indeed Nigerians cannot afford to relive the distasteful experience of last year’s protest, which caused pain, anguish, needless loss of lives, and wanton destruction of public and private property.”

The command wishes to use this medium to warn the youth, groups or associations planning such protest to jettison the idea forthwith,” he added.

The statement also urged parents and guardians to advise their children against participating in the planned protest, warning individuals or groups sponsoring the protest to desist from “such unpatriotic plan or face the full wrath of the law.”

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, assures all law-abiding residents of the state to go about their legitimate businesses without fear of harassment or intimidation. Adequate and additional security measures have been put in place to ensure protection of their lives and property today and even beyond.”

 
 
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