Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command fired tear gas to disperse sympathizers and fans of the late Nigerian artiste, Ilerioluwa Aloba, well known as Mohbad, who converged for a protest on Thursday, 21st September 2023, at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos.
On the evening of Thursday, September 21, 2023, a throng gathered for a candlelight parade in memory of the late singer. The procession started at 5 p.m., and at 8 p.m., the late singer’s management team hosted a memorial performance at Muri Okunola Park.
As a final act of respect and homage, the crowd, who were wearing white T-shirts, played and danced to the late performer’s songs.
The report states that some of the sympathizers reportedly marched to the Lekki tollgate after the events to protest, but the police reportedly resisted and allegedly fired tear gas canisters to scatter the throng as it started to swell.
Numerous people reportedly suffered injuries during the encounter with law enforcement.
To explain what happened at the Lekki tollgate, the police sent out a series of tweets via the Lagos State Police ppro, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, stated that the organizers of the event sent messages on social media to make it clear that the event was a procession in honour of the late singer and not a protest, as it was turning out to be.
The police claimed that the gatherings at the tollgate were a violation of the agreement between the police and the organisers of the event.
Emphasizing that their objective was to intervene quickly before it turned violent because residents’ safety was at stake.
Media: LagosPoliceNG/ TallJohn/ X