A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered that supporters of the Labour Party (LP) not organize a rally at the Lekki tollgate on October 1.
Justice Daniel Osiago further directed the Lagos State Police Commissioner and Inspector-General of Police to ensure that the order was followed.
This ruling was made by Osiago on Wednesday while ruling on a suit marked FHC/L/CS/1729/2022, which asked the court to prevent Peter Obi, the LP’s presidential candidate; Datti Baba-Ahmed, the party’s vice-presidential candidate; Julius Abure, the party’s chairman; and their supporters from holding a rally in Lagos until the hearing and determination of their suit.
The plaintiffs contended that the event could lead to a breakdown of law and order in Lagos, similar to the October 2020 #EndSARS rally, which resulted in the loss of life and destruction of property across the state.
They also urged the court to prevent Obi and his party, as well as their supporters, from further organizing and publicizing the gathering.
They also requested an injunction to prohibit the rally from taking place and to prevent the organizers from using the Lekki toll plaza or any other site in Lagos state.
Although the court ruled that the march may not stop at the Lekki tollgate, the judge ruled that it might travel past the site to reach the Falomo Bridge and other locations where the group planned to gather.
Adedotun Ajulo, Salamatu Lewi, Hakeem Ijaduola, Ogunbona Akinpelu, Owolabi Oluwasegun, Mogbojuri Kayode, Wuyep Nadom, Dimimu Mabel, Kolawole Salami, and Wale Lawrence are among the plaintiffs in the FHC/L/CS/1729/2022 complaint (the only non-lawyer).
The IGP, Lagos Commissioner of Police, Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lekki Concession Company (LCC) Limited, the Attorney-General of Lagos, and the governor of Lagos are also defendants.
The hearing on the substantive suit has been rescheduled for November 4.