Only few people showed up on Friday for the widely publicised Occupy Lekki showdown, which was meant to protest the increase in toll by the Lekki Concession Company on the Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos.
Organisers of the protest had vowed to shut down Lekki on Friday with a massive crowd similar to the 2011 protest when the LCC began toll collection at its Admiralty Plaza on the expressway.
With a heavy presence of the police, the protest began two hours behind schedule when it became clear more crowd was not coming.
The protest organisers are calling for a reversal of the toll increase on the expressway, with placards demanding that the LCC should make its statement of account public to show how much it had collected in the last seven years.
The firm in a statement issued on January 26 announced the increase in the toll being charged at the Admiralty Circle Toll Plaza on the expressway and the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge Toll Plaza with effect from Thursday, February 1, 2018.
This, it added, was to enable it to meet up with its loan obligations, stressing that the decision came after “extensive consultations held with stakeholders in the Eti-Osa/Lekki-Epe Expressway of Lagos State.”
During the Friday’s protest, some hoodlums stormed the location and started to attack journalists who were there to cover the protest. Protesters alleged that the hoodlums were sponsored.
The hoodlums were immediately apprehended by operatives of the Lagos State Environment and Special Offences Enforcement Unit who were on hand to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
Meanwhile, a traditional ruler in the Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State, Chief Fatai Olumegbon, has urged Eti-Osa indigenes and residents to support the LCC and the Lagos State Government in enhancing rapid economic development of the community.
He said Eti-Osa had experienced a high level of developmental activities in the last 10 years.
Olumegbon made the call when he received officials of the LCC led by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Mubashiru Hassan, in his Ajah palace.
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