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Police take over Afrika Shrine to prevent #EndSARS meeting

Police take over Afrika Shrine to prevent #EndSARS meeting
November 17
11:13 2020

The police have restricted movement in and out of the Afrika Shrine in Ikeja, Lagos, to prevent a meeting on #EndSARS from taking place there.

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Seun, one of the sons of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Afro Beats maestro, had earlier sent out flyers announcing a meeting on the lessons from #EndSARS protests.

But the police later wrote to the Anikulapo family, demanding that the meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, be suspended.

Seun had shared snapshots of the letter on social media.

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Policemen who mounted barricade in front of Afrika Shrine on Tuesday morning

“You are hereby warned to suspend such gathering as any infraction that may emerge from this gathering will be tagged a deliberate action to sabotage the transition and restoration of the peace in Lagos State by the Lagos State Government and the Nigeria Police Force,” the letter read.

On Tuesday, mobile policemen mounted strategic locations across the shrine while their vans were parked right in front of the relaxation spot.

The two roads leading to the shrine were also cordoned off.

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The development comes two weeks after the Lagos police command vowed to resist any attempt to organise protests within the state.

In a statement, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, police public relations officer in the state, had said people would not be allowed to organise whether peaceful or violent demonstrations ” because the government and people of Lagos still nurture the wounds of the recent EndSARS violence that wrecked havocs across the state”.

Property worth billions of naira were destroyed in the violence that happened after suspected hoodlums disrupted the #EndSARS protests.

Many police stations were also set ablaze while ammunition stolen.

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