In the wake of fresh troubles, some youth are ready to launch a counter rally tagged #DefendLagos on the 13th of February, 2021, following an earlier announced protest captioned #OccupyLekkiTollGate which was set to hold at the tollgate plaza on the same day.
As gathered by GhanaTalksRadio, the #OccupyLekkiTollGate is said to have been triggered by the controversial ruling of the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry to reopen the Lekki Tollgate.
The panel, which is chaired by Doris Okuwobi, a retired judge, last Saturday, ruled in favour of the Lekki Concession Company, LCC, to repossess the toll plaza for repairs and insurance claims.
The ruling was supported by five members out of the nine-man panel, with four other members, including Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), and the youth representatives dissenting to the ruling.
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Despite the dissenting ruling, the Lekki Toll Plaza has been handed over to LCC for reopening.
The tollgate has not been operational since October 20, 2020, when armed soldiers opened fire on unarmed protesters, killing some and injuring several others.
In addition to the #DefendLagos hashtag on social media, the youth are also trending #DemNoBornYourPapaWell, a threat to protesters to stay away from the toll plaza.
“Let us protect what the destroyers left behind while we rebuild Lagos. Join the ‘defend Lagos’ rally at the Lekki toll plaza,” read the #DefendLagos banner shared on various social media platforms.
The banner also has pictures of facilities destroyed during the violence that followed the #EndSARS protest in the state.