Police Ban Public Protests in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has banned public protests in Lagos, declaring that the demonstration planned for tomorrow by a group of activists would not be allowed to hold. Thursday, the police tear-gassed Nigeria’s foremost constitutional lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, ex-Minister of Finance, Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu, and the Nigeria Action Coalition (NAC) chieftain, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, among several others during a peaceful protest against the deployment of soldiers in the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Yakubu Alkali, Thursday banned the rally planned by the Save Nigeria Group (SNG) for the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park, Ojota. Spearheaded by the Convener of SNG, Pastor Tunde Bakare, the rally was supposed to be a victory march in commemoration of the success of the five-day peaceful protests held at the Park last week. THISDAY gathered that the group had written to the state police command for permission to hold the rally. Alkali turned down their request on the ground that the security situation in the state was not conducive for the gathering of a large number of people.



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