The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has claimed the police fired teargas canisters at hoodlums at the Lekki tollgate, the venue of the #EndSARSMemorial protest in Lagos.
Odumosu, who spoke to newsmen at the tollgate, said those who were dispersed were not protesters but hoodlums adding the #EndSARSMemorial protesters already left the location.
He alleged that those who hung around were hoodlums with intentions to steal and cause destruction.
He said this while explaining why operatives of the command fired tear gas canisters to disperse those 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 10 am, 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.”
He further debunked claims that someone was stabbed to death at the protest.