Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has condemned the decision of the Lagos State Police Command to stop the planned protest by music legend, 2Face Idibia and other artists.
The protest is supposed to hold on Monday.
The protesters would march for about four kilometers from the National Stadium to the National Theatre, protesting the harsh living conditions in the country.
However, the problem now is that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, on Wednesday said that the police received intelligence reports that criminals were planning to hijack the protest.
“We know that Tuface does not have the capacity to contain such a crowd and we will not fold our hands and watch while things go out of hand,” he allegedly said.
Governor Fayose described the position of the Lagos Police Command as puerile.
According to his statement issued by his aide Lere Olayinka, Fayose said that;
“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.”
“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,” he added
“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.”