Fresh Protests Loom over Lekki Tollgate

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Fresh Protests Loom over Lekki Tollgate

By Hamilton Nwosa(Head, The New Diplomat’s Polling, Research & Data desk)

Following moves to reopen the Lekki Tollgate, many Nigerians mostly youths, have taken to social media threatening to stage another round of protests.

Last Saturday, youth representatives at the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry had opposed the reopening of the tollgate arguing that reopening it at this time would be hasty and premature.

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However, the argument did not sway the votes as the panel voted in favour of a return of the tollgate to Lekki Concession Company (LCC).

Reacting to this decision, many Nigerians took to Twitter calling out the panel for approving the release of the toll gate when investigations into the Lekki shootings are still ongoing.

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According to those threatening to stage another protest come Saturday, February 13, no thought of reopening should be entertained when no one has been held accountable for the killing of unarmed protesters, who marched against police brutality on the night of October 20.

The emerging push for another long protest is currently being anchored on the hashtag #OccupyLekkiTollGate which has been trending on Twitter.

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