The police in Lagos have arrested 51 persons in connection with the attack on five policemen enforcing the lockdown imposed on the state by President Muhammadu Buhari.
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Reports say the workers had been at their job on a construction site in Eleko, Ibeju-Lekki Local Government before they were ordered to leave by a team of policemen.
Bala Elkana, spokesman of the police in the state, told TheCable that the workers will soon be charged to court.
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“They were protesting that their construction site was shut down at Lekki Free Trade zone. They were working there and the place was shutdown, so that was their annoyance. They are protesting because they want to work and make some money,” he said.
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“Some of the sites were carrying out some skeletal services and because of COVID-19, they reduced the number of personnel that would work there because they can’t congest the place.
“So those youth just mobilised and accumulated their anger and they went violent. But we quickly responded. We sent our anti-riot unit to that area and the situation was brought under control.
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“They injured five police officers but they are fine. We have arrested 51 suspects. We are investigating and the suspects would soon be in court.”
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Buhari has extended the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja by one week.