The toll gate holds a significant place in Nigeria’s history following the killing of innocent protesters on the night of October 20, 2020.
Supporters of Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, have been ordered by a Federal High Court in Lagos not to converge at the Lekki toll gate for the #ObiDatti23 rally scheduled to hold on Saturday, October 1, 2023. The court ruled that the rally can hold, but supporters of the former Anambra State governor should only pass through the toll gate and not stay.
Justice Daniel Osiagor’s ruling was as a result of a suit filed by 10 plaintiffs against Peter Obi and his running mate, Yusuf Baba-Ahmed, the Labour Party, one Julius Abure, and loyalists of the party. The plaintiffs told the court to cancel the rally, but Justice Osiagor in his ruling on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, allowed the rally to hold, and directed the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, to ensure that the rally goes in compliance with the order.
It is no surprise that the Lekki toll gate holds a significant place in Nigeria’s history. It will be recalled that on the night of October 20, 2020, innocent #EndSARS protesters were shot and killed at the Lekki toll gate by Nigerian security operatives.
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