Comedian, Mr Macaroni, others arrested over protest at Lekki tollgate

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Popular comedian, Debo Adebayo, aka Mr Macaroni has reportedly been arrested by Police operatives at the Lekki toll gate, Lagos State.

Macaroni, on Saturday morning, joined the protest against the planned reopening of the Lekki toll gate following alleged killing of protesters on October 20, 2020.

Unconfirmed sources say scores of protesters have been picked up by security personnel.

Some youths scheduled a new protest tagged #OcuupyLekkiTollgate for Saturday over the handover of the Lekki toll gate, where Nigerian forces reportedly opened fire on unarmed protesters last year October.

Members of the judicial panel set up by the Lagos State government to investigate the October 2020 Lekki shooting voted 5-4 in favor of the handover on Saturday.

But the Police, had on Friday night, dispatched teams of operatives along the Lekki corridor and the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command confirmed the deployment.

“CSP Yinka Egbeyemi is presently leading a team of police officers on a show of force to Lekki Tollgate(Admiralty Plaza) Obalende, Ikoyi, Jakande Roundabout, and other areas in Eti Osa,” RRS tweeted last night.

This followed a warning by the Federal Government and LASG that another round of protests across the country won’t be tolerated.

“Security agents are ready for any eventuality. The burnt wreckage of public buses that were wantonly set ablaze by rampaging hoodlums remain in their positions as a sad and gory reminder of the unprecedented attacks. The city is still reeling from the war-like destruction,” Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed said.

“For those who are using justice as an alibi for another round of destruction, let me say this: As we speak, the Judicial Panels of Inquiry, set up across the country to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality or related extra-judicial killings to deliver justice for all victims of the dissolved SARS and other police units, are continuing with the assignments.”

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