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Don’t Harass October 20 Protesters, Protect Them —TakeItBack Movement Warns Lagos Police Ahead Of #EndSARS Anniversary

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Human rights and pro-democracy group, TakeItBack Motion, has tackled the Lagos State Police Command over its current assertion warning in opposition to the commemoration of #EndSARS within the state.

Final 12 months, 1000’s of youths had stormed the streets to protest in opposition to police brutality and demand good governance.



However the demonstration, which lasted for days, got here to an abrupt finish after personnel of the Nigerian Military opened fireplace on a few of the protesters on the evening of October 20, 2020.

In honour of those that misplaced their lives throughout the protests and on the evening of the assault on the demonstrators, youths within the nation introduced an anniversary to mark the event.

The anniversary is scheduled to carry on October 20.

In a current assertion, nevertheless, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, warned youths in opposition to the anniversary.

Reacting to the police assertion, the TakeItBack Motion slammed the deliberate try and stifle peaceable demonstration, saying such is undemocratic.

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In an announcement by Festus Ogun, its authorized adviser, the group mentioned the protest is a basic proper of Nigerians as contained within the structure.

It additionally vowed to withstand any try by the Lagos police to harass and intimidate peaceable protesters.

The group mentioned, “The assertion credited to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, warning residents to not train their basic rights to protest throughout the commemoration of the #EndSars Bloodbath Anniversary is unconscionable, draconian and a reckless invitation to anarchy. Involved Nigerians have taken his phrases like these of stand-up comedians.

“CP Hakeem Odumosu has no such energy, proper or authority to warn in opposition to, prohibit or outlaw protests. That can be appearing the delicate limits of his powers and in opposition to the structure. He can’t, below our extant legal guidelines, intervene with the hallowed proper to protest below any guise. The one authorized obligation he has is to make sure the safety and welfare of all protesters; which have to be professionally carried out.

“#EndSars Memorial Demonstration is a constitutionally assured proper. Sections 39, 40 and 41 of the 1999 Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as altered, safeguard and assure the correct to protest as a human proper that shall be loved by all residents with out arbitrary restraint or careless warning. Articles 6, 9, 10, 11 and 12 of the African Constitution on Human and Peoples Rights (Enforcement and Ratification) Act equally shield the correct to protest. Moreover, Articles 18-21 of the Common Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 totally shield the constitutional liberty to protest.

“Emphasising the sacred nature of the correct to protest in a constitutional democracy, the Court docket of Enchantment within the case of IGP V. ANPP (2008) 12 WRN 65 held that “definitely in a democracy, it’s the proper of residents to conduct peaceable processions, rallies or demonstrations with out in search of and acquiring permission from anyone. It’s a proper assured by the 1999 Structure and any legislation that makes an attempt to curtail such proper is null and void and of no impact in anyway.

“Somewhat than changing into stressed concerning the looming inevitable revolution that can be witnessed in our nation, within the fullness of time, the police chief is suggested to make sure the correct of protesters are totally protected.

“A police infamous for extrajudicial killing, torture, extortion and brutality lacks the authorized and ethical proper to warn or warning victims on learn how to demand a greater life. The audacity is provocative, scandalous and insulting.

“We will not condone any type of harassment, intimidation, brutalisation or arrest. We will resist any try and encroach on our constitutionally assured rights. The police and different safety companies are hereby placed on discover and they need to be guided accordingly.”

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