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As the Lekki Concession Company reopens the Lekki Tollgate on Friday, heavily armed security personnel were sighted in the area.

Lekki Tollgate was reopened after its closure in October  2020 when soldiers drafted to the tollgate opened fire on the unarmed protesters.

The firm announced it would begin toll collection at the tollgate on April 16.

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“Following months of engagement with key stakeholders within the Eti-Osa /Lekki-Epe area, Lekki Concession Company Limited (LCC) hereby officially announces the formal return to tolling operations on Friday, April 1, 2022, at the Ikoyi Link Bridge Toll Plaza. However, toll payment will not commence until April 16, 2022,” said LCC chair Yomi Omomuwasan.

There was a heavy presence of security operatives at the tollgate on Friday morning.

Vehicles were seen moving freely in the area on Friday morning, but protesters were expected to converge on the toll plaza.

On Thursday, police commissioner Abiodun Alabi warned the residents against protesting at the toll plaza.

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