#OccupyLekkiTollgate Protest : Mr Macaroni, Others Granted Bail

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    Debo Adebayo, a comedian popularly known as Mr Macaroni, who was earlier arrested due to his involvement in the #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest, has been granted bail.

    Macaroni was among 40 demonstrators granted bail in the amount of N100,000 each, with sureties in like amount.

     

    He was arrested in the early hours of Saturday following his engagement in the protest.

     

    Macaroni and 39 other protesters were consequently arraigned on charges bordering on violating the COVID-19 protocol on public gatherings, and “breaking an order not to protest.”

    The arrests had ignited outspread criticism with many Nigerians accusing the federal government of confining the freedom of expression.

     

    Falz had earlier criticized that the development indicated the Nigerian government’s reluctance to uphold the rule of law and sustain the country’s democracy.

     

    “The Nigerian government has shown by this senseless act that it is not concerned with upholding our democracy or the rule of law,” he had said.

    “They are basically showing that they are not interested in serving justice as regards the 20th of October incident.”

     

    Charly Boy, a veteran singer and activist, had also censured the arrests while alleging the federal government of turning the country into a “jungle”

     

    “I know these animals have turned Nigeria into a Jungle. But peaceful protest is still our human right. Animals can’t dash us human right. Say no to #lekkitollgate reopening,” he had said.

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