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Police challenge Nigerian students as armed officers take over the Third Continental Bridge to prevent another protest

Police challenge Nigerian students as armed officers take over the Third Continental Bridge to prevent another protest

The Lagos State Police Command has deployed officers to the Third Continental Bridge to prevent another protest against the continuing ASUU strike.

The officers, led by Adeniji Adele’s DPO, CSP Lanre Edegbai, monitor both ends of the bridge days after the Nigerian Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) blocked Airport Road in Ikeja to protest the strike.

Police challenge Nigerian students as armed officers take over the Third Continental Bridge to prevent another protest

Police challenge Nigerian students as armed officers take over the Third Continental Bridge to prevent another protest

“We will not allow any person or group of people to deprive the people of Lagos of their right to freedom of movement.

“Everyone’s rights must be respected!” Police spokesman Benjamin Hundeyin said while sharing photos of officers on the Third Continental Bridge today, September 21.

Police challenge Nigerian students as armed officers take over the Third Continental Bridge to prevent another protest

BBC journalist Osasu Obayiuwana responded to Hundeyin’s tweet, writing, “The #Nigerian state, especially @PoliceNG, is very good at suppressing protests involving unarmed people. But when it’s about confronting armed groups, they don’t seem to be as energetic and ‘brave’.”

Hundeyin replied, “I hope one day you will get stuck in the traffic caused by the protests and miss your flight/appointment/interview. The ambulances are also blocked. I would like to hear you castigate the police for allowing certain people to hold a road or an entire area for ransom. Lucky for you, we won’t allow it.

Police challenge Nigerian students as armed officers take over the Third Continental Bridge to prevent another protest

Police challenge Nigerian students as armed officers take over the Third Continental Bridge to prevent another protest

Hundeyin added in another tweet, “Protest by all means. It’s fine. Don’t step on other people’s right to freedom of movement. Don’t block roads. Move in orderly procession. Students protested PEACEFULLY at UNILAG recently. We were on the ground and we never interfered.”

Police challenge Nigerian students as armed officers take over the Third Continental Bridge to prevent another protest

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