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Scores of police officers had been at the Lekki tollgate since Friday, to forestall any protest, there was no movement of protesters at the tollgate until 7:47 a.m. when some police officers began rushing into their vehicles and heading towards Lekki Phase 1.

Shortly after few protesters approached the toll gate on foot, police officers behind them dragged them into the Black Maria belonging to LCC.

Nigerians have continued to express displeasure over the reopening of Lekki Tollgate.

Read also: #EndSARS: Lagos Judicial Panel Members Divided Over Lekki Toll Gate Reopening

An order to reopen the Lekki toll gate by the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry last Saturday spurred the fresh movement, with the youth rising to resist the reopening.

The youth argued that the reopening of the tollgate is too early as the investigation into the Lekki shooting incident of October 20, 2020, has not been concluded and justice has not been served.

The Lekki toll plaza, which has not been operational since the commencement of #EndSARS protest, was completely shut down on night of October 20, 2020, following the shooting of unarmed protesters by officers of the Nigerian army.

In response to #occupyLekkitollgate, some other youth vowed to #DefendLagos, in opposition of the planned protest.

Read also: #OccupyLekkiTollGate: Nigerians Plan Another Protest Against Reopening Of Lekki Tollgate

This resulted to a protest and counter-protest scheduled to hold at Lekki toll gate at 7 a.m. on Saturday.

Several pleas and warnings have been issued by the police, state government, the LCC and other parties, calling on youth not to go ahead with the protest and counter-protest.

Lekki tollgate, which is operated by the Lekki Concession Company, has since Friday been under the protection of police officers, who were drafted there to foil the protests.

The police officers and security personnel of the LCC also went to nearby streets to arrest people seen, questioning their presence around the tollgate.

Several arrests were made by the police, comprising people who showed up for the protest and those who claim they were merely passing by. Over 35 people were arrested including Nigerian comedian Debo Adebayo popularly known as Mr Macaroni.

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