It’s Your Duty To Protect Protesters, Falana Tells IGP

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Kemisola Oye 

HUMAN rights lawyer and counsel to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Femi Falana  (SAN) has said it is the duty of the Inspector General of Police and the entirety of the Nigeria Police Force to protect Nigerians who wish to ventilate their grievances towards the government by means of protest.  

The NLC is scheduled to begin a two-day protest across the country today to register its displeasure with harsh government economic policies and programmes. The decision has however not gone well with the leadership of the NPF who have called on the labour to call off the protest.  

Meanwhile, Mr Falana, in a terse statement on Monday, said the threat of some police officers to clamp down on members of the Nigeria Labour Congress who have resolved to protest against hardship in the country from  27-28, February 2024 is a violation of extant provisions of the 1999 Constitution and Police Establishment Act 2020.

Mr Falana cities Section 83(4) of the Police Establishment Act 2020  which provides that: “Where a person or organisation notifies the police of his or its intention to hold a public meeting, rally or procession on a public highway or such meetings in a place where the public has access to, the police officer responsible for the area where the meeting rally or procession will take place shall mobilize personnel to provide security to provide security cover for the meeting, rally or the procession.”

While insisting that the protesters are entitled to police protection, Mr Falana called on the Inspector-General of Police to ensure that the protesters are given adequate security by the various police commands in the country. 

 

Eighteen-Eleven Media 

 

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