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Lekki Toll Gate: Nigerians Reject Reopening, Launch #NoJusticeNoToll

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Lekki Toll Gate: Nigerians Reject Reopening, Launch #NoJusticeNoToll

Nigerians have rejected plans to resume tolling operations at the Lekki Toll Gate Today by the Lekki Concession Company.

Nigerian tweeps have condemned the reopening of the tolling after the killings of peaceful #EndSars protesters at the area in 2020 by security operatives.

The Lekki Toll Gate stopped operations after some angry Nigerians burnt the facilities at the gate following the killing of innocent protesting Nigerians by men in military uniforms.

The gist:

Specifically, on October 28, 2020, youths had assembled at the Lekki Toll Gate to protest against the brutality by Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives.

Meanwhile, the police later disbanded SARS  after Nigerians condemned their brutality on innocent Youths.

But this was not before they killed many youths as well as the killing of others at the Lekki Toll Gate.

Meanwhile, the country is facing great econ0omic challenges.

Also, Nigerians are facing inflation and high cost of living.

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Moreover, the wounds from the past event have contributed to the rejection.

Nigerians have, therefore, said that reopening tolling at the Lekki Toll Gate now is ill-advised.

This is coming after the Lagos state government announced the plan for the resumption of tolling.

The government said it would start testing the reopening of the tolling at the Lekki Toll Gate and that of Ikoyi Plaza between 1st and 10th of April, 2022.

Nigerians reject moves:

But Nigerians have rejected the plans to reopen tolling at the gates.

They took to Twitter to express their displeasure.

Tweeps launched the hashatag, #NoJusticeNoToll to demand for justice for the victims of the killing at the Lekki Toll Gate two years ago.

They said the Lagos state  government should not reopen the tolling unless victims of the Lekki Toll massacre get justice.

Below are some of their tweets”

Implications:

While the tolling generates revenue for the government, it is imperative for the government to listen to the voice of the people.

Also, the appropriate authorities must ensure that victims of the Lekki Toll Gate massacre get justice.

This will douse the tension and placate Nigerians who are angry over the incident that happened at the toll gate.

Anthony Chinonso Ogbonna is the editor of Techuncode media. He is a seasoned journalist whose stint cuts across broadcast, print and, especially, the online media. A graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Anthony holds a Masters Degree in Multimedia Journalism. He aligns his belief with those of world tech communities, holding tenaciously that the world is solely driven and can only be best with tech. Furthermore, Anthony believes that technology is simple, fun and is not what one, especially Africans, should be scared of, hence, his passion for telling compelling stories about tech in ways relatable to the ordinary user. He has his hobbies in reading and designing (new hobby though.)

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