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Police Disrupts Protest, Arrests Leader, over the State of Badagry Expressway

The Police have disrupted a protest by some youths in Badagry earlier today, over the deplorable state of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

The protest which began at Mowo bus-stop was disrupted in Aradagun area of Olorunda Local Council Development Area, Badagry of Lagos State, when the Police arrested one of the leaders of the protest, Mr. Mark Akande, President of Society for Humanity Advancement and Creativity Organization (SHACO) and one other co-protester, and dispersed the protesters.

One of the leaders of the protest, Comr. Sewanu Michael said “Right now, we are not discouraged and we are not afraid, the success of this peaceful event has been achieved.

“The way forward is to go to the Station and ask why, what happened? Did we fight? Did we cause havoc? Did we cause causalities? Did anybody complain? Are the people saying they don’t want good roads in Badagry? We just want to know that” He added.

It would also be recalled that the Lagos State Police Command had earlier warned against any rally or protest on this year’s Independence Day through a press statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Muyiwa Adejobi on Wednesday.

According to the statement, “The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has instructed officers and men of the command to disallow any unlawful societies, under whatever disguise, from staging rallies or protests within the state on Thursday, 1st October 2020.

”While the Commissioner of Police announced the cancellation, by the Lagos State Government, of the ceremonial parade to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary, he warned that the command will not allow any gatherings, rallies or protests against the sovereignty of Nigeria in the state.” The statement reads.

Similarly, Hon. Babatunde Hunpe, Member representing Badagry Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives had earlier appealed to the youths in Badagry to shelve the planned protest.