Lekki, Ajah Residents Protest Toll Hikes

Some aggrieved residents of Lekki and Ajah in Lagos took to the streets Friday to protest the recent hike in toll charges at the Lekki-Epe Expressway and Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge toll gates.

The protest, which was convened under the banner of Eti-Osa Development Forum, started around 9 am with the protesters gathering at the Lekki Penninsula Scheme 1 gate.

The protesters demanded that the Lagos State Government stop the operation of the Lekki Concession Company, operators of the tolls and show the financial statements of the company since the concession was bought by the state government.

Although the police initially prevented the protesters from marching on the streets, the commander who led the security operatives later softened his stance after an agreement was reached with the conveners that the procession will be peaceful and not get to the two toll gates.

A fracas, however, broke out some minutes after the procession took off. About eight thugs, allegedly hired by the Lekki Concession Company, appeared from the shadows and started demanding an end to the protest. When the protesters resisted, the thugs started shoving them about and in the ensuing drama smashed the phone out of the hands of a female BBC reporter and damaged the camera of Channels TV crew.

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