Fayose Blasts Police For Banning Lagos Protest
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, who recently pledged allegiance to the Feb 5 nationwide march has faulted the decision of the Lagos State Police Command to stop a protest spearheaded by pop singer, Tuface Idibia, to protest the harsh living conditions in the country.
Lagos State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, has on late yesterday disclosed police had received intelligence reports that criminals were planning to hijack the protest and unleash mayhem in the state.
However today, Fayose has come for the police, describing their reason as “puerile.”
“Apart from Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution, which provided that ‘Every person shall be entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons…,’, the Court of Appeal already affirmed that protest or gathering do not require police permit or interference,” Mr. Fayose said in a statement issued by Lere Olayinka, his media aide.
“Court of Appeal affirmed in its judgement in Inspector General of Police Vs All Nigerians Peoples Party that protest or gathering do not require police permit or interference as obtainable in advanced democracy,”
“Most importantly, the protest is said to be for and about good governance. So who is afraid of the protest? Who does the police represent or is representing in this issue?”
“Nigerians are hungry and angry, our currency is now above N500 to $1. If Nigerians want to show their anger, no one should prevent them. Nepotism, extrajudicial killings, disobedience to court order and human rights abuses must stop.
“The conscience is an open wound and the guilty is afraid. If the APC-led Federal Government is now acting as if the protest is against it, it means the federal government has accepted to be guilty as charged.”