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How Arrested #OccupyLekkiTollGate Protesters Were Released – Lawyer Modupe Odele Reveals

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A Nigerian lawyer and major participants during the #EndSARS movement, Modupe Odele, has revealed how #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters were released after their arrest on the 13th of February.

The #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest was staged against the decision of the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses & Lekki Toll Gate Incident to have the Lekki tollgate reopened under the control of the Lekki Concession Company.

The protesters say the tollgate ought to remain under no control until justice is done regarding the lives allegedly lost when soldiers of the Nigerian Army opened fire during the #EndSARS protest on October 20, 2020.

Popular comedian, Mr Macaroni was arrested alongside other Occupy Lekki Toll Gate protesters who protested against the reopening of the Lekki plaza.

There have been numerous narratives as to how the protesters regained their freedom, and Modupe Odele took to Twitter to narrate how lawyers secured their release.
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She wrote;

I do not care for accolades but I have to speak up with some of the weird narratives being perpetuated on the TL today.
On Saturday volunteer lawyers worked from about 10am to 11pm to make sure 40 persons were released. The journey started from Adeniji & ended at a mobile court.

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From Adeniji they moved to Ikeja and then to Panti and finally the arrested persons were arraigned. They were prepared the docs right there and represented the arrested person. After all that work, I find it odd that strange people are coming out to the woodwork to claim credit

My default is to mind my business, keep quiet and just do the work. But it seems silence doesn’t do us much good. Photo Credit: Getty

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