Nigerian skit maker, Mr. Macaroni alongside 39 other youths who were arrested at the Lagos toll gate for protesting against the reopening of the Lekki tollgate have been granted bail.
Recall that the protesters were arrested on Saturday morning after they marched the toll gate to express their displeasure at 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.
This was made known in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, on Saturday.
He said that the protesters were arrested for conspiracy, conduct likely to cause a breach of peace and violation of COVID-19 protocols.
Adejobi said, “The command has arrested forty (40) suspects at Lekki Toll Gate plaza, Lagos State, on Saturday 13th February 2021, for conspiracy, conduct likely to cause a breach of peace and violation of COVID-19 protocols.
“The suspects had gathered at the Lekki Toll Gate plaza creating tension and behaving in such a manner that could cause a breach of public peace without due regard for COVID-19 protocols major of which are the use of nose masks and social distancing.
“The command has, however, arraigned the suspects today to the mobile court at Panti, Yaba accordingly but were however granted bail by the court. They will appear in court on the next date of adjournment, 2nd March 2021, with the certificate of Covid-19 test.
“The command, therefore, assured the general public that it will always discharge its statutory duties as expected within the ambit of the law while appealing to Lagosians to be law-abiding and go about their lawful businesses.”
Ever since the arrest, many Nigerians and civil rights groups including Amnesty International and Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) had called and demanded for their release.