The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu has stated that officers were deployed to Lekki Tollgate due to the area’s economic importance to the state.
He said this while addressing the media at the tollgate. Odumosu said “This is a business environment. I provided them security yesterday at Adeniyi Jones too.”
“I have told them not to stop that they should keep on moving. “We agreed that they should keep moving. Any vehicle that is abandoned, we will take them from here to protective custody.”
Odumosu, who called the arrested protesters “miscreants,” claimed that some of them were arrested with machetes and other dangerous weapons.
“We arrested some people now with machetes. These are miscreants. Today is a working day. I called Tope who is one of the leaders, and he said by 10 am, they had left. I spoke to their leader, who represented them at the panel, and he said they had left.”
Odumosu said protesters must have a means of identification. “There should be means of identification. If they are organised, then we have a means of identification. They don’t have an agreed leadership. There must be a leader who should be held responsible.”