The Federal Government has prohibited the #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest scheduled for Saturday, February 13, over intelligence report that it will be hijacked and used to destabilise the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced this on Thursday, February 11, in Abuja at a media briefing to address issues on the proposed protest.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), he said, “At this time, the chances that any peaceful protest will be hijacked are very high. Based on the intelligence at the disposal of the Federal Government, some Nigerian activists have linked up with others outside Nigeria, including subversive elements, with a view to destabilising the country. We cannot and must not allow this to happen.
Never again will the Federal Government allow the kind of violence that was perpetrated across the country under the guise of the EndSars last October. Never again will anyone or group be allowed to destroy cities or to kill and maim innocent citizens, including security agents, under any guise.
The security agents are ready for any eventuality. A situation in which six soldiers and 37 policemen were murdered in cold blood by hoodlums will not repeat itself. The attack, looting and razing of 269 private and public property will not happen again and the killing of 57 civilians will not be re-enacted.”