#OccupyLekki: Mr Macaroni, 39 other protesters granted bail
The protesters were arrested earlier today while demanding justice for Lekki tollgate shooting victims and to condemn the repossession of the toll plaza to its management, Lekki Concession Company.
According to ThePunch, spokesman for Lagos State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, made this known in a statement on Saturday evening.
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 breach of peace and violation of COVID-19 protocols.
The suspects had gathered at the Lekki Toll Gate plaza creating tension and behaving in such a manner that could cause breach of public peace without due regard for COVID-19 protocols major of which are 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 certificate of COVID-19 test.
The command therefore assured the general public that it will always discharge its statutory duties as expected within the ambit of the law, while appealing to Lagosians to be law-abiding and go about their lawful businesses.
The release of the protesters was also confirmed by a human rights group, Citizen Gavel via its Twitter page.
Update: All defendants have been granted bail and our lawyers are working to perfect their bail bond. pic.twitter.com/XGsqB0nUQv
— #Tech4Justice (@citizen_gavel) February 13, 2021
Many civil rights organisation including Amnesty International earlier demanded the release of Mr Macaroni and the other detained protesters.
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project also threatened to pursue legal actions if the arrested protesters are not immediately and unconditionally released.