Some protesters arrested at the Lekki Toll Gate plaza on Saturday have vowed to continue their demonstration against the planned reopening of the toll gate despite crack down on protesters by security operatives.
This website had reported the arrest of more than 35 protesters, including Nigerian comedian, Mr Macaroni, for partaking in the #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest.
The Lagos State Police Command had earlier banned the protest and threatened to resist attempts to cause breakdown of law and order in the state.
Viral pictures and videos on social media showed the moment some armed security personnel arrested some of the protesters and threw them into Black Maria and patrol vans.
One of the protesters, Damilare Adenola, who spoke from the back of a Black Maria, said the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) had done little or no justice in over 100 days since scores of young Nigerians were allegedly killed at the toll gate.
“An enquiry was opened hoping for justice, we realized that the enquiry was not going to arrive at a destination of Justice and it was obvious that it was injustice that will come out of the panel and that is why people have taken to the street today to show their displeasure that we want justice.
“There must be justice, over 100 days now, nobody has been brought to book — The killer officers non has been brought to book and they are still denying it so that is why people have taken courage to be here today to protest and no matter how much we are brutalized we will never lose our right to protest,” he said.
Other protesters who were apprehended and being taken away by the police lamented that they were already being beaten and brutalized by the security agents.
“Protest is our right; they are already beating us. They are already manhandling us. We are not going to step down,” a male protester vehemently declared..