Security operatives in Lagos managed to push back protesters from going ahead with the second phase of the #EndSARS protests planned to kick-off, Monday.
Upon receiving credible intelligence on the proposed actions, the Lagos state police Command had dispatched its men to strategic meeting points where the protests were to hold.
Operatives including the men of the Nigerian Army stormed popular areas like Alimosho, Iyana Ijapa, Ikeja, Yaba and Lekki Toll Plaza among others, early Monday.
The warning issued by the police on Sunday against another round of protest, as well as the deployment of operatives must have kept protesters away.
However, the takeover of the venue didn’t stop many from taking to the social media to repudiate the government on the clampdown of protesters, voicing other misgivings over the fallouts of the #EndSARS agitations.
Many called for the immediate release of all detained protesters and defreezing of their bank accounts by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
But there was confusion when some old videos and pictures showing protesters in parts of Lagos started surfacing on the social media. They were targeted at misleading people to give false impression of the protest with the aim of drawing would-be protesters to physical locations of the planned protest.
Reacting to the antics, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer SP Muyiwa Adejobi in a statement debunked the viral videos in the social media as regards the protests saying the Command was out to forestall law and order in the state.
He said, “The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to a viral video of a protest at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos State, purported to have been staged today 7th December, 2020,”