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Civil Society Organizations protest in Lagos over high cost of living

Members of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on Monday trooped to the streets of Lagos in protest of the high cost of living and soaring food prices.

Videos circulating on social media showed protesters under a human rights group identified as the  “Take It Back Movement” carrying placards with various inscriptions in the Ojuelegba area of Lagos State.

Despite warnings on Sunday by the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Adegoke Fayoade of holding any planned protests, police officers were seen at the protest grounds providing security.

The protesters took their grievances as far as the Maryland axis of the state

Protesters holding inscriptions showing their displeasure with the high cost of living

Similar protests were held in Edo and Osun states where protesters marched through the streets with diverse inscriptions such as “End Economic Hardship” and “FG End the Hunger in Nigeria Now,” to drum home their points.

Confirming the protest in a post on X was the Public Relations Officer of Lagos State Command , SP Benjamin Hundeyin, who debunked claims that CP Fayose had warned against holding any protests in Lagos.

”This is definitely not true. The Police proactively arrived at the scene to ensure adequate security for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and prevent their procession from being hijacked by hoodlums.”

”The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Adegoke Fayoade, addressed the protesters before their procession took off in his presence.

SP Hundeyin also confirmed that the protest went as far as the Maryland area.

”The procession moved as far as Maryland. The Police were with them all through. The protesters played their part well and did not obstruct traffic. The Police provided adequate security and ensured the procession was not hijacked. Everything went fine.”

He stressed that the protesters properly conducted themselves as no violence was recorded.

”The procession has so far been peaceful without any untoward incident. What can be seen in the picture is CP Fayoade, addressing the joint security team and charging them to be professional, and courteous but firm.”

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