It’s not just a busy day at the Lekki tollgate but one filled with resistance by a crowd of determined young Nigerians who staged a protest in that part of Lagos, the nation’s commercial nerve centre on Saturday.
Angered by the decision to resume operations at the tollgate while the Lagos State Judicial Panel has yet to conclude its sitting, the youths took to the area to demonstrate their displeasure.
The Lekki tollgate is one of the major venues where hundreds of youths protested across the country against police brutality last October.
The protest venue became more prominent on the night of October 20, 2020 when a group of armed security operatives opened fire to disperse the youths at the scene.
This sparked outrage across the country, with calls from individuals and groups within and outside Nigeria that the incident must be investigated.
After a few months of probing the shooting, the judicial panel set up by the Lagos State government to investigate the incident granted the request of the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) Ltd to repossess the toll gate.
The action of the panel led to the decision of the youths to return to the tollgate despite warnings by the government and police to shelve such a plan.
On Saturday, the youths made good with their threat to occupy the tollgate but were met with stiff resistance by the security personnel on the ground.
The police, who staged a show-of-force on Friday as a warning against the protest, arrested several youths, including popular comedian Mr Macaroni.
Some of the highpoints of the protest are captured in the pictures below: