#OccupyLekkiTollGate: We won’t let you destroy our heritage, Lagos youths warn protesters


Segun Adewole

A protest slated for February 13, 2021, at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos tagged #OccupyLekkiTollGate has been met with opposition from a set of youths with the hashtag #DefendLagos.

The #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest is aimed at demonstrating against the decision which saw Lekki Concession Company take back control of the Lekki tollgate which is the scene of an alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers on October 20, 2020.

The decision was reached on Saturday, February 6 by the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Lekki Toll Gate Incident.

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With a protest against the decision slated for Saturday, some youths who are still displeased at the level of destruction and criminality that occurred during the #EndSARS protest of October 2020 have decided to take an opposing stance.

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This stance gave birth to the #DefendLagos hashtag with many now planning to stage a protest at the Lekki tollgate on Saturday against the #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest.

Here are mixed reactions from Nigerians as expressed on the #OccupyLekkiTollGate, #DefendLagos, and #DemNoBornYourPapaWell hashtags:

@olusogaowoeye said, “Show your love for our Lagos. Get your friends and your neighbours to be there. Join The Defend Lagos Rally at the Lekki Toll Plaza on the 13th of February. We will not cede our city to criminals and insurrectionists. Lagos is our Pride. #defendlagos.”

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@DrOlufunmilayo said, “#DefendLagos is NOT about defending Lagos. It’s an official confirmation that hoodlums will be used to cause maximum violence and chaos. It is a very subtle way of saying they will burn, destroy and kill just to continue money collection at Lekki Toll Gate.”

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@MrLekanAdigun said, “Can’t we true born Nigerians mobilise against these terrorists? We can’t just sit back and watch these anarchists who have nothing to lose destroy our country.”

@Aunty_Celebobo said, “Woke up to #DefendLagos and I just wept. #DefendLagos is not about protecting Lagos from hoodlums, it’s about driving home the fact that Nigerian youths will never again be allowed to unite. I weep for the heroes of #EndSARS.”

@JohnFanimokun said, “We may not be the loudest but we are the most ruthless when it comes to protecting the things we cherish. Again, #DemNoBornYourPapaWell to embark on your planned mission to annihilate our heritage.

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@Saintbaba70 said, “The youths of Nigeria can’t speak with one voice, the people in power have manipulated us. Some want to #OccupyLekkiTollGate others want to #defendlagos, the country is in disarray, propagandas everywhere.”

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@cbngov_akin1 said, “Nobody has monopoly of madness, The REAL LAGOSIANS will deliberately reserve their madness till Feb 13th to #DefendLagos. If #DemNoBornYourPapaWell Come Out. PEACE is still the Way Out, But if you reject PEACE like Trump supporters, They wouldn’t sleep and watch u destroy a city.”

@trolls_queen said, “They have been paid to cause chaos in Lagos because of Tinubu, and they are now accusing us of collecting money to counter them.”

@magmal11 said, “I like this latest move being employed by Lagosians & people of conscience to PROTECT & DEFEND the Economic & Territorial Integrity of Lagos against the antics of certain influencers (abi influenzas) which the same EKO nurtured & brought to stardom.”


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