The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said hoodlums were dispersed at the Lekki tollgate, the site of the #EndSARSMemorial demonstration in Lagos, on Wednesday.

The #EndSARSMemorial protestors had already departed the location, according to CP Odumosu, who spoke to reporters at the tollgate, adding that those who remained were hoodlums with the purpose to steal and create devastation.

He mentioned this while explaining why Command agents used tear gas canisters to disperse individuals gathered at the tollgate.

According to him, “The activists had informed us that their activity will start by 8am and last till 10am. They had an agreement with us that they will be having a car procession, which they are done with and have left."

“They told us that they finished their activity around 10am, adding that whoever was found still hanging around is not part of them. Those you can see around now are hoodlums who want to steal and cause destruction."

“We found knives, cutlasses and other dangerous materials in their(hoodlums) possession."

“Those cannot be protesters but hoodlums, and that is why they were chased away so that peaceful citizens can go about their lawful businesses.”

However, the CP went on to refute rumors that a protester had been stabbed to death.

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