At least 10 people were reported wounded as security forces clashed with protesters who gathered on Monday to honor one of the Lagos residents killed by police two months ago during anti-toll gate protests. Supporters of protesters gathered at the commercial city’s coastline of Lekki and lobbed bottle after bottle at riot police. “For a long time now we are prepared to die for our governor. He must not be forced out of office!” a protester shouted. Ruling party supporters stationed in armored vehicles were ordered to retreat but were still attacked.
The protest came two months after scores of people were killed and wounded during a protest in Lekki as Lagos residents protested against the government’s imposition of toll gates on access roads to and around the metropolis. The toll gates have been blamed for killing many residents who cross the roads just to get to work. Hundreds of police moved into the area and opened fire on protesters and residents.
State governors have appealed to their federal counterparts to withdraw plans to impose tolls in the place where the protesters were gathering. At the moment, federal road networks in Nigeria don’t charge tolls and the proposed tolls across several states, including Lagos, would raise money to provide essential services to the people.
“It is not business as usual,” Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos told the protesters on Monday. “We have a government that believes in people’s welfare and the government will ensure that people continue to access their state.” The protesters agreed and chanted, “Ave aran bagore,” which means “Let’s move forward,” and “Save Lagos.”
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