#EndSARS: Lagos Police Ban Protests, Order Deployment Of Anti-Riot Unit

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The Lagos Police Command has barred all forms of protests, following numerous reports of acts of violence in the state.

The ban which is coming a few hours after the state government imposed a 24-hour curfew, was contained in a press statement released on Tuesday by Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi.

Before the declaration of curfew, at least two police stations and several other private properties had been vandalized by hoodlums. The statement read in part, “In a statement by the spokesman for the command, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the police said no protests, gatherings or procession under any guise was allowed anymore in the state.

“Due to the new development of violent attacks on police officers and men and formations including innocent Nigerians in Lagos State, and the 24-hour curfew imposed by the Lagos State Government with effect from 4pm today October 20; the Lagos State Police Command wishes to inform the public that henceforth no protest or gathering or possession, under whatever guise, is permitted within Lagos State.

“In light of the above, all security agencies have deployed adequate personnel to take charge and enforce the curfew across the state. The command regrets to confirm the setting ablaze of Orile Police State today at about 10am, where some of our policemen were critically injured and unconfirmed reports state that one of them is dead.”

The PPRO further regretted that the #ENDSARS protests have been hijacked by hoodlums. Along with this update, the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu has ordered immediate nationwide deployment of anti-riot police unit – the Police Mobile Force (PMF) – to protect lives and property of all Nigerians and secure critical national infrastructure across the country.”

“The IGP has also ordered massive deployment of Police operatives to strengthen security around Correctional facilities nationwide,” a statement on Nigerian Police Force’s official Twitter account said.

It added, “The orders are coming on the heels of increasing attacks including acts of arson and malicious damage to public and private facilities as recorded in some States of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“Consequently, the Commissioners of Police in the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation and the FCT are to identify and isolate law-breakers from peaceful protesters; immediately arrest and diligently prosecute such perpetrators of violence in their respective Commands.

“The IGP notes that twelve (12) suspects have been arrested in connection with the attacks and arson on Police Stations in Benin, Edo State. Five (5) AK47 rifles earlier stolen from vandalized Police Stations have also been recovered.

“”The Inspector-General of Police calls on members of the public to avail the police with useful information that can lead to the re-arrest of the fleeing inmates, unlawfully released from Correctional facilities.

Meanwhile, the IGP has advised parents/guardians to prevail on their children/wards to steer-clear of acts of violence and criminality as the Force will henceforth exercise the full powers of the law to prevent any further attempt on lives and property of citizens.”

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