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Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), denounced a statement attributed to the Police for reportedly threatening to suppress a rally planned by youths to celebrate the 2020 #Endsars protests against police brutality that resulted in the shooting at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos on Tuesday. thenigeriafm.com
Police have no right to threaten demonstrators by ?
In a statement, Lagos Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu cautioned the youngsters that “the police will use all legitimate means within their constitutional rights to repress the planned protest.”
Protesters staged a nationwide protest on October 8, 2020, demanding for the BAN of the Special Anti-Terrorism Act.Police have no right to threaten demonstrators by ?
-The police’s Robbery Squad (SARS) because to the squad’s violent treatment of youths.
The protest was mostly peaceful until October 20, 2020, when troops and police officers were accused of shooting at and killing some protestors at the Lekki Toll Plaza, a claim rejected by the army, police, Lagos State, and the Federal Government.
In response to the statement, Mr Adegboruwa recommended the police to learn from the previous year’s incident.
“I am afraid that the police and the administration in general do not appear to have learned any lessons from the EndSARS protests of 2020, in terms of engaging citizens in lawful ways,” the Lagos lawyer and human rights activist added.
Adegboruwa, a member of the Lagos State Judicial Panel formed to investigate the #Endsars protest and cases of police violence in the state, stated that “it is unconstitutional for the police to threaten demonstrators.”
“My attention has been attracted to a remark made by the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, in which he threatened to crush protests planned for the EndSARS anniversary,” he said in his statement. The Commissioner emphasized that the police will do everything in their power to put an end to the protests.
“This is not appropriate in a democracy, which is nourished by the rule of law and adequate regard for human rights.” The Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Constitution of 1999 guarantees unrestricted freedom of expression to all citizens. According to the Police Act of 2020, the job of the police is to defend persons who engage in peaceful, civil, and legitimate protests rather than to threaten them. The purposeful suppression of peaceful protests by the police has no place in our Constitution and should not be tolerated in any way. I am concerned about the Police and the government as a whole.
“Considering that the ruling All Progressive Congress is itself a child of protests, it is unfathomable that the same government is aiming to prevent citizens from enjoying the same rights that its leaders employed to full advantage when they were in opposition.” As a result, I ask the police to display restraint and engage with the demonstrators to ensure a peaceful and orderly outing and to provide them with safety.
“I urge demonstrators to refrain from any acts of violence, disruption of commerce, or impediment to people’s movement during the protests.” source