The decision by the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) to re-start tolling at the Ikoyi-Lekki Link Bridge on April 1, 2022, may be jeopardized, as former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja Branch, Adeshina Ogunlana, has vowed to start a street-to-street sensitization of motorists and residents against the tolling.

The General Secretary of the Federation of Informal Workers’ Organizations of Nigeria, FIWON, a well-known human rights lawyer, Ayo Ademiluyi, a political activist, Juwon Sanyaolu, and other human rights advocates all opposed the tolling’s resumption.

At a press conference organized by New Nigeria Network on Wednesday at Isaac John Street, Government, Reserved Area, Ikeja, Lagos, the activists spoke.

The reopening, according to Barrister Ogunlana, a Co-Convener of the Network, violates fundamental human rights.

“We hereby give notice that we are opposed to the resumption of tolling at the Ikoyi-Lekki Link Bridge and, subsequently, at the Admirality Plaza or anywhere else on the Lekki-Epe Expressway as sane is illegal given that the Concessioning Agreement between the Lekki Concession Company and the Lagos State Government has expired, as well as the fact that it is repugnant to natural justice, equity, and good conscience over the unmarked grave.

“We will undertake street-to-street sensitization of residents and motorists in the Lekki-Ajah axis of Lagos State from 1st April to 14th April, 2022 to exhort them to refuse to pay the toll at the Toll Plazas,” the activist promised. We invite everyone who is interested to join us.

“While Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotosho, claimed that the state government acquired 75% of the Lekki Concession Company through a debt buyback agreement, the question remains: why is the state government still collecting tolls at the Ikoyi-Lekki Link Bridge and then at the Admirality Toll Plaza?” This is not only a form of double taxation, but it also draws blood from the hemorrhaging Lagosians who sail the roads on a daily basis, beaten by rising and brutal inflation as well as the Naira’s depreciation.”

Similar to Ogunlana, Komolafe and Sanyaolu agreed that the freedom to peaceful protest should not be taken for granted.

Remember that toll stations were demolished during the #endsars protests in 2020, and that toll collection was halted until recently, when the Concession Company declared that toll collection would restart on April 1, 2022.

Apart from the reopening of tollgates, the activists strongly condemned the recent two terrorist attacks on the Kaduna rail project, urging the federal government to find a long-term solution before things worsen.

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