On at about 03:33:19 AM, #JusticeForBamise: Military, police storm Gani Fawenhimi Park, stop planned youths’ protest was updated.
#JusticeForBamise: Military, police storm Gani Fawenhimi Park, stop planned youths’ protest
Armed military personnel and members of the Lagos State Police Command's Rapid Response Squad, RRS, have cordoned off Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota, Lagos, to maintain law and order in the area.
On Tuesday, some youth groups planned to protest the heinous murder of Oluwabamise Ayanwola, a 22-year-old fashion designer who was killed in the Lagos Island Bus Rapid Transit, BRT.
The youths had threatened to storm the state Secretariat in Alausa, Ikeja, and all BRT terminals in the state in an earlier flier.
They also demanded justice for the deceased and his family, as well as the prosecution of all those involved in the death.
The groups blamed the silence on the issue on the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the management of the BRT used in the heinous act, Lagos Bus Services Limited, LBSL.
Security operatives appear to have cordoned off Fawenhimi Freedom Park, preventing any form of gathering in the area in order to maintain law and order and the safety of lives and property.
As early as 7 a.m., there was a heavy presence of security personnel, including the Police, Army, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, deployed at strategic points around Ojota Bus Stop.
In addition, operatives from the Department of State Services are among the joint security forces stationed at the site, along with a large number of patrol vans, heavy anti-riot gun trucks, and Black Marias.
Meanwhile, as of 9.45 a.m., there were no protesters at the proposed locations: Fawenhimi Park and Alausa Secretariat in Ikeja.
The only gathering at Alausa that I noticed were women's groups gathered to commemorate International Women's Day, which is observed on March 8.
Civil servants, motorists, and residents, on the other hand, were seen going about their normal business as security personnel assured them of adequate safety of lives and property.
Recall that the Lagos State Police Command confirmed Bamise's death on Monday, after he went missing after boarding a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service on February 26.
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