Saturday, 4 February 2017

Lagos Police To Allow 2face Idibia's February 6 Protest,But On One Condition

The Lagos state police command has
granted 2baba the permission to lead the
planned protest scheduled for Monday,
February 6.
Fatai Owoseni who is the commissioner
of the Lagos state police earlier issued a
statement banning any anti-government
protest in the state but on Friday,
February 3, the state rescinded its threat.
The commissioner explained that the
police was concerned about the safety of
Lagosians because a pro-government
group planned to stage a protest on the
same and worried that there might be a
clash as hoodlums may hijack the rally.
The Nation reports that Owoseni met
with the 2baba camp where it was
agreed that instead of a demonstration,
the protesters would meet at a point and
read out their demands.
He said:
“We had a meeting with the
protesters and we explained to them
why we advised against the protest. A
pro-government group wants to
protest that same day and we don’t
want a situation where there would
be friction.

“We also don’t want hooligans to
hijack the process and injure the
protesters.
“After explaining to them, they said
they will go back and discuss with
others. They said if they decide to go
ahead, they won’t demonstrate but
would assemble at a point and read
their demands.

“That notwithstanding, we have
resolved to provide security for them.
It is our responsibility and we won’t
shy away from it. We will ensure
trouble makers do not hijack the
process.”
The federal government had also
insisted that it was not against the
protest as citizens have a right to
association.


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