The #DefendLagos protest scheduled to hold Saturday and aimed at countering the #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest has been suspended.
The decision according to the convener of the rally, Alabi Oladimeji, is to respect the federal and state authorities.
He accused the #OccupyLagosTollGate group of intending to use the protest to make money.
ARISE News reports that Mr Oladimeji announced the suspension in a virtual press conference.
“No protest from #DefendLagos on Saturday. We are simultaneously respecting the state and federal governments. I am proud to announce that for the meantime, we will be pending this protest due to the law of the federal and state governments.
“We are law-abiding and good citizens, definitely, we should not be the ones seen disobeying any law,” Oladimeji said.
“In respect of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, and Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. I am now announcing that anyone involved in #DefendLagos initiated by me should with immediate effect pend the protest. We are not going to hold any protest again on Saturday.
“If Lagos and the Federal Government fail us, we will come out huge and protest on Monday. It is depressing news for me because we have invested personal resources to produce banners, posters among others on this. But this is not an avenue for us to make money like those in the Occupy Lagos.
“If they come out to protest and the government allows that, it means that we can also protest. We trust the government. The state and Federal Government have banned any protests in Lagos. If they come out and the government did not arrest them, it means that the government has failed us,” he said
By Abel Ejikeme