Lekki Tollgate Protesters Risk Six Months Jail Term Over ‘Violation’ Of COVID-19 Protocol, Says Lagos Police Spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi


The protesters arrested at the Lekki tollgate, today, may face up to six months in jail over alleged violation of the COVID-19 regulations of the country.


The police had arrested some youths, who were protesting the resumption of operations at the Lekki tollgate, and later charged them to court.

However, a Yaba Magistrate court granted bail to the arrested protesters.

Explaining why they were arrested, Muyiwa Adejobi, Lagos police spokesperson, alleged that the actions of the protesters could cause a breach of public peace and disregard for COVID-19 protocol, especially regarding the use of nose masks and social distancing.

In a statement issued today, Adejobi added that the protesters have been asked to present their COVID-19 test certificates, before the next court adjournment date.

“The command has arrested forty (40) suspects at Lekki Toll Gate plaza, Lagos State, on Saturday 13th February 2021, for conspiracy, conduct likely to cause a breach of peace and violation of COVID-19 protocols,” the statement reads.

“The suspects had gathered at the Lekki Toll Gate plaza creating tension and behaving in such a manner that could cause a breach of the public peace, without due regard for COVID-19 protocol, major of which is the use of nose masks and social distancing.

“The command has, however, arraigned the suspects today to the mobile court at Panti, Yaba accordingly but were however granted bail by the court. They will appear in court on the next date of adjournment, 2nd March 2021, with the certificates of COVID-19 test.”

If convicted according to the COVID-19 health protection regulations 2021, the protesters may spend up to six months in jail, but with an option of a fine.

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