By Olabisi Tayo (Lagos)
Team of protesters numbering about 12 who defied the police threat and went ahead to demonstrate at Lekki tollgate plaza, have been arrested by Armed police officers stationed at the place in anticipation of violence.
The protest, tagged #OccupyLekkiTollgate, scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. Saturday, was against the reopening of the tollgate.
Another group of protesters, who tagged theirs #DefendLagos, had also planned to gather at the site at the same time, threatening the former group to stay away.
Amidst the threat of violence, the police and federal the state governments warned both groups to shelve the protests.
On Friday, armed police officers embarked on a show of force across the city, reiterating its call for protesters to stay away from the tollgate.
Among those arrested is a popular comedian, Debo Adebayo, also known as Mr Macaroni. However, they have been arraigned before a mobile court.
A spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incidence on Saturday evening.