Police have threatened force against potential participants in a planned protest in Lagos on Friday.
The protest is being planned by residents of Lekki and Ajah to register their grievances over the rise in toll rates at the Lekki Toll Plaza.
Police in statement today warn the protesters against breaking the law or engaging in any acts that could jeopardise public peace.
The statement signed by police spokesman SP Chike Oti reads: “It has come to the knowledge of the Lagos State Police Command that some residents of Lekki/Ajah areas of the state are planning to protest the increase in toll fare by the management of Lekki Toll Plaza.
“While the Command recognizes the right of citizens to carry out peaceful protest, the police will not standby and watch protesters take laws into hands or allow miscreants to hijack the protest.
“The Command is using this opportunity to inform and warn the group planning this protest slated for tomorrow, Friday, 9th of February, 2018, not to block the Highway, the Expressway or any road for that matter.
“All those that want to participate in the protest must organize themselves in a peaceful manner in line with public protection and assembly law.
“The Command will not hesitate to use reasonable force to prevent any group of persons from blocking the road or breaching the public peace.
“The Command advises residents to go about their lawful businesses peacefully on the Island and indeed in every part of the state as adequate security measure is in place throughout the state.”