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  • Updated: February 09, 2021

#OccupyLagos: Your Death Will Be Used To Win Awards - Writer Warns Against Protest

Entertainment writer and music journalist, Joey Akan has opposed the #OccupyLagos protest that is scheduled to take place at the Lekki Tollgate on Saturday, February 13.

After the decision of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS related abuses and other matters to return control of the Lekki Toll Gate plaza to the Lekki Concession Company (LCC), several Nigerians, including celebrities, criticized the move, citing that justice has not been served on the perpetrators of the shootings on October 20, 2020.

Some displeased youths also took to Twitter to air their displeasure over the panel’s decision and threatened to stage a protest tagged #OccupyLekkiTollGate against the move.

However, #DefendLagos, a counter-rally staged to protest against the #OccupyLekkiTollGate is currently trending on Twitter. The poster of the counter-rally shared on social media showed that it is holding at the same venue and time as the one planned by the #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters.

Speaking on the matter, Akan warned Nigerians, especially the poor, to stay at home as they will be the ones to bear the brunt of the protest.

“And let's be honest, na the poor people go die. Your elite protesters will sit at home. Me too, I will sit at home. Poor people will go out and die,” he said in one of the tweets.

The writer maintained that the victims of the Lekki shooting were mostly poor people and street touts who have no family that will seek justice for them.

“You know why them no find dead body of murdered protesters? Because na mostly Agbero and poor people, na dem die that night. Who dey find Agbero dead body? Who dey pursue justice for dead Agbero? Poor people no fit get justice. Talk too much, and they go kill you throway.”

See his tweets:

Akan’s Tweet has generated mixed feelings as a particular set of people felt he was being a coward and has been paid to create disunity, while others applauded him for his well-thought-out tweet.




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