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End SARS: Police warning against Lagos protest an invitation to anarchy – Festus Ogun

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Festus Ogun, a authorized practitioner has condemned the warning of Lagos Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, towards Finish SARS protest on October 20.

Teams and people are planning to commemorate the one yr anniversary of the Lekki toll gate capturing by Nigerian Military troops.

In a press release Monday evening, Ogun warned the police and different safety businesses to not cease residents from exercising their basic rights.

The Principal Associate of Festus Ogun Authorized mentioned such try “is unconscionable, draconian and a reckless invitation to anarchy”.

The activist reminded Odumosu that he has no authority to ban protests and continuing with the menace can be appearing past the bounds of his powers and towards the structure.

“He can not, beneath our extant legal guidelines, intervene with the hallowed proper to protest beneath any guise. The one authorized obligation he has is to make sure the safety and welfare of all protesters; which have to be professionally performed.”

The Authorized Adviser of TakeItBack Motion pressured that #EndSARS Memorial Demonstration is assured beneath Sections 39, 40 and 41 of the 1999 Structure.

“Articles 6, 9, 10, 11 and 12 of the African Constitution on Human and Peoples Proper (Enforcement and Ratification) Act equally defend the appropriate to protest. Moreover, Articles 18-21 of the Common Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 totally defend the constitutional liberty to protest.

“Emphasising the sacred nature of the appropriate to protest in a constitutional democracy, the Courtroom 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 searching for and acquiring permission from anyone.

“It’s a proper assured by the 1999 Structure and any regulation that makes an attempt to curtail such proper is null and void and of no impact by any means”.

“Slightly than changing into stressed in regards to 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 rights of protesters are totally protected.”

Ogun mentioned a police infamous for extrajudicial killing, torture, extortion and brutality lacks the authorized and ethical proper to warn or warning victims on easy methods to demand a greater life.

The lawyer warned that rights advocates shall not condone any type of harassment, intimidation, brutalization or arrest on October 20.

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