Mr Macaroni and more than 23 Protesters arrested at Lekki tollgate by Nigerian police
Popular comedian Debo Adebayo aka Mr Macaroni and 23 others protestee has been arrested by Nigerian Police at Lekki toll gate.
Macaroni joined the protest against the planned reopening of the Lekki toll gate following alleged killing of protesters on October 20, 2020. He was seen in a video he posted in a police van.
At least 23 persons, including passersby, have been arrested by operatives of the Lagos Police Command deployed to the Lekki Tollgate.
The operatives, who were deployed to the location since Friday, were seen chasing and arresting anyone they considered a protester.
Those arrested were alleged to be members of the #OccupyLekkiTollgate and #ENDSARS2 groups who vowed to protest in spite of warnings by the Lagos State and Federal Governments.
The Nation reports as at 10 am, the tollgate was occupied by journalists and security operatives with no protesters in sight.
Earlier, some of the policemen were seen chasing a young man, who was walking towards Lekki.
As soon as they caught him, he was thrown into a waiting Black Maria.
Some of the arrested suspects denied being protesters, insisting they were just going about their businesses when they were picked up.
Disturbed at the way the policemen were chasing and arresting random people, some of the journalists approached the senior officers on the ground and were assured those who could identify themselves or explain why they were around the area would be released.
Meanwhile, the #DefendLagos group led by Alabi Oladimeji, has suspended its counter-protest scheduled for the #Lekkitollgate this morning.
At the time of this report, more police deployments have been sent at the Lekki and Ikoyi Tollgates while a vigorous convoy patrol is being carried out across the state.