After the End SARS protests in October 2020, the Lagos State Government repaired the tollgates that were set ablaze.
After unarmed demonstrators were shot at on October 20, 2020, the Admiralty Circle toll plaza on the Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge and the Lekki toll plaza along the Lekki-Epe Expressway – where End SARS protestors congregated for protests to call for an end to police brutality – were set ablaze.
The tollgates have remained closed since then.
The LCC was given permission to reopen the tollgates on February 6, 2021, by the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution, which was established by the state government to investigate cases of brutality and human rights violations committed by operatives of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
The tollgates have remained closed despite the permission to open, causing discontent among adolescents.
The Lagos State Government, on the other hand, has now repaired the tollgates in preparation for the planned reopening.
Before reopening the tollgates, a top government official told Punch that the state government was waiting for the panel to finish its work and submit its report.
“It’s true that the tollgate is meant to have reopened,” he continued, “but we’re also monitoring public sentiment, especially now that some individuals are threatening to launch another demonstration.” By the end of this month, the panel should have completed its work and submitted its final report.
“The toll gates could be reopened if the report is presented and some recommendations are adopted.”