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REOPENING: Sowore’s #Revolutionnow, Others Threaten Fresh Lekki Tollgate Protest

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Following the approval of the reopening of the Lekki tollgate by the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged killing of #EndSARS protesters at the facility last October 20 by soldiers, some youths have begun to mobilise for a fresh protest at the tollgate to express their dissatisfaction with the panel’s decision.

Already, some youths have begun the campaign on social media for the fresh protest at the tollgate with Omoyele Sowore-led #RevolutionNow championing the move, according to The Punch.

The matter is said to be trending on Monday as the number three on Twitter.

It was reported that as of 11 am, some of the youths had begun to share Display Pictures and banners to create awareness about the impending protest at the Lekki tollgate.

According to the information on the posters, the protest is planned to start at 7 am on Saturday, February 13, 2020.

Also, some of the posters have inscriptions such as “No justice, no reopening”, and “Occupy Lekki tollgate,” among others.

Recall that the Lagos State Judicial Panel had last Saturday approved the reopening of the tollgate.

But four out of the nine members of the panel faulted the report of the forensic experts hired to comb the scene for evidence.

The dissenting panel members, who faulted the forensic report, also rejected the application by the Lekki Concession Company, operator of the Lekki tollgate, to take possession of the facility, which had been shut down since the probe of the shootings started.

The four members opposed to the forensic report are the two representatives of the civil society – Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) and Ms. Patience Udoh; as well as the two youth representatives on the panel – Rinu Oduala and Temitope Majekodunmi.

Chairman of the panel, retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, and four other members, however, acceded to LCC’s request to repossess the tollgate.

The panel chairman was backed by Segun Awosanya (popularly known as Segalink), Oluwatoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Rights), DIG Taiwo Lakanu (retd.) (representing the police) and Lucas Koyejo (from the National Human Rights Commission).

Omoyele Sowore, who is one of the campaigners for the fresh Lekki tollgate protest, tweeted, “No to the reopening of #Lekkitollgate, the perpetrators of #LekkiMassacre must be brought to book.”

But one Dr Chuks @AhanekuChuks advised those planning the fresh protest at the Lekki tollgate to strategise properly, saying, “Now we move with strategies and togetherness, it is time you showed what you have got for the government.

“We have given them much time but they took our silent night for granted not knowing that we are putting heads together to study how to bring peace to the new generation.”

Another campaigner, Dtowncrier, threatened that “Reopen Lekki tollgate and reopen #EndSARS protest.”

Benzkovic001 @Benzkovic001 also faulted the reopening of the Lekki tollgate.

Coconut Head @iamProficience added, “We never believed the panel, nothing good ever came out of any panel in Nigeria but a mere inquiry. No going back till there’s justice for all! #OccupyLekkiTollGate on Saturday! #Endsarsbrutality.”

“We all knew that the panel is just a means to divert youths’ attention, only the rich and those in power get justice. But history has been made and stories will be told of how the youths of Nigeria fought against #Badgovernment #EndSARS,” @Shaddyrok added.

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