The Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has confirmed the arrest on Thursday of some protesters who took to the streets to protest the recent increase in the price of petrol in the country.
The Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, SP Muyiwa Adejobi who confirmed the arrest, noted that the action of the protesters could cause disruption of public peace as they (protesters) didn’t obtain a permit before embarking on the protest.
Naija News earlier reported that some protesters were arrested around the Ojuelegba area of Lagos State for protesting the recent petrol price increase by the federal government.
SP Adejobi who confirmed the arrest, however, added that all those earlier arrested have been released. According to him, four journalists were released immediately and others, who were charged to court, were warned and discharged.
Adejobi said, “The protesters were picked by police personnel in the Surulere area command. The four journalists were released, but others were taken to the task force base at Oshodi, and they were charged to court under Section 168 (1D) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015. They were warned by the court and discharged. As we speak, we don’t have anyone in our custody.
“This is just to serve as a warning that any procedure that you want to do must follow due process. They conducted themselves in a manner that could cause breach of peace. We were not informed of the protest today; it was a surprise to us. We will never tell anyone not to have a peaceful protest. All we want is to give them protection so that it is not hijacked by hoodlums.”