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Video Of Moment Police Dispersed Mohbad Fans With Teargas After Candlelight Procession

Fans of late Afrobeat singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as MohBad, who trooped out on Thursday, September 21, 2023, for the candlelight procession in memory of the singer were allegedly dispersed with tear gas.

Another video showed one of the sympathisers being helped to safety by fellow sympathisers with his right leg covered in blood.

The injured sympathiser was allegedly shot at by the police.

However, many Nigerians have questioned why the sympathisers converged at the Lekki tollgate, the site of the October 20, 2020, #EndSARS, where soldiers shut peaceful protesters.

Reacting to the issue, a popular On-Air Personality, Do2dtun in a post on his X handle confirmed that the procession ended at 8 pm.

Video Of Moment Police Dispersed Mohbad Fans With Teargas After Candlelight Procession

 

Wondering why the sympathisers moved to the #EndSARS site, Do2dtun, who anchored the tribute concert held in honour of Mohbad at Muri Okunola park said the event was a candlelight procession, not a protest.

Honesty over Honesty Nigerians do not listen. WE DO THE MOST. This procession ended at Muri Okunola Park over 3 hours ago. We ended and all left. Some still went to converge at the Lekki toll gate. It is not a protest. It is a CANDLELIGHT PROCESSION,” he said.

Commenting on the matter, the Lagos State Police Command on Friday confirmed that its men deployed teargas at Lekki Phase 1 on September 21, to disperse a crowd at the toll gate.

This was revealed on the official page of the Lagos State Police Command’s handle, signed by the Command Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin.

The statement issued by the command reads: “The Lagos State Police Command is fully aware of false narratives making the rounds in relation to the dispersal of crowds at the Lekki Toll Gate yesterday, September 21, 2023.

“It is instructive to note that the Lagos State Police Command had an agreement with the organizers of the candlelight procession that the procession was to end at 8 pm latest and should terminate at Muri Okunola, Victoria Island. It was clearly stated, for the avoidance of doubt, that in the interest of all Lagosians and considering the heavy use of the Lekki-Epe Expressway, the Lekki Toll Gate would be a no-go area.

“However, it became disconcerting that after the procession duly ended at Muri Okunola Park as agreed, with the police providing optimal security all through, some persons started gathering at the Lekki Toll Gate with the intent to manifest objectives extraneous to the #justiceforMohbad initiative.

Being a clear violation of the laid-down agreement, the Lagos State Police Command invited the procession organizers, who came back and joined the officers on the ground in persuading the people at the toll gate to disperse peacefully. The organizers equally sent out messages on social media asking everyone to go home, clarifying in clear terms that it was not a protest but a procession that had been successfully concluded.

This persuasion and appeal went on for hours, during which the police and organizers met defiance, both in words and action. At this point, all lanes in and out of Lekki had been totally blocked, leading to a traffic buildup on the ever-busy expressway.

“Having experienced similar situations before and learned from previous encounters, and having studied the pattern in the crowd, the red flags and early warning signs of total chaos and anarchy were discernible.

Therefore, in fulfillment of our mandate to protect life and property, maintain law and order, and prevent crimes, we adopted the least harmful method of crowd dispersal, following the failure of verbal persuasion – the use of teargas. Not a single live round was fired! The police adopted crowd management best practices in engaging the unruly crowd. No lives were lost, and there were no injuries.

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, hereby warns mischief-makers that any person or group of persons found disturbing the peace of the state, under whatever guise, would be promptly arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

“The Lagos State Police Command also appreciates the procession organizers for keeping faith with the Command and assures all supporters of #justiceforMohbad and Lagosians at large that it would continue to prioritize their safety and security at all times.

The candlelight procession was organised by the management of the late singer.

See video below;

BY IYABO AINA

Publisher Of News Rain Nigeria