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HEAVY SECURITY AS TOLLING RESUMES AT LEKKI-IKOYI BRIDGE

There is heavy security at the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge on Friday ahead of the resumption of toll payment on the bridge.

News gathered that no fewer than five security vehicles and many policemen have been stationed on the bridge.

The Lekki Concession Company had announced that it would resume toll operations at the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge from April 15, 2022.

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This is coming about 19 months after tolling was suspended at the bridge following the aftermath of protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings in Lagos State in October 2020.

The Managing Director of the LCC, Yomi Omomuwasan, who announced the plan, had said the resumption of tolling at the bridge is coming after extensive consultations with, and support of key stakeholders including the Residents’ Associations, Traditional Rulers, and Community Leaders, professional bodies as well as the Lagos State Government.

But the announcement was met with resistance from youths and residents who vowed to protest against tolling.

Subsequently, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, warned against protest over the reopening of the Lekki toll plaza.

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“Meanwhile, CP Alabi enjoins all peace-loving Lagosians to go about their lawful duties without fear of harassment or intimidation, reiterating that adequate security assets have been strategically deployed to ensure their safety and security.”

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