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Police teargas Mohbad’s sympathizers at Lekki tollgate

Police teargas Mohbad’s sympathizers at Lekki tollgate

Protesters and admirers of late Nigerian artist Ilerioluwa Aloba, also known as Mohbad, were allegedly dispersed with teargas on Thursday night at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos State.

On Thursday, demonstrators conducted a candlelight walk in memory of the late singer.

While announcing the protest on Monday night via the deceased’s official X handle, management stated that they “appreciate the outpouring of love from fans around the world to those who’ve organized events in their communities as a way to honour and pay respect to our shining light, we say thank you.” Join us for a candlelight parade and tribute concert in Mohbad.”

However, a voice in a video from a popular skit maker, Oluwadolaz, claimed, “We have been dispersed with teargas…”

While some said the teargas canisters were fired by police officers in the state, a video shared on X through actress Iyabo Ojo’s Instagram live video and seen by our correspondent had one of those who attended the candlelight saying, “I came out for my brother, Mohbad. This is the cabman who helped me. They fired teargas. These people came from the back. We don’t know them. I don’t even know them. All the police officers were there securing us.”

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Explaining further, another lady said, “We were sitting in front of the tollgate. We had a lot of police officers there. So, where the teargas came from, we don’t see it. We just saw the tear gas from the back. No car could move. It was this cab that helped us.”

Meanwhile, a post by a popular On-Air Personality, Do2dtun, on his X handle read, “Honesty over Honesty Nigerians do not listen. WE DO THE MOST. This procession ended at Muri Okunola Park over 3 hours ago. We ended and all left. Some still went to converge at the Lekki toll gate. It is not a protest. It is a CANDLELIGHT PROCESSION.”

The late singer’s management coordinated the candlelight parade, which began at 5 p.m., and a tribute concert began at 8 p.m. in Muri Okunola Park.

Attempts to contact the police spokesperson, Benjamin Hundeyin, were futile because he did not pick up his phone or respond to text messages at the time of filing this report.

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