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Independence Day Demonstrations: TakeItBack Movement Warns Security Agencies To Respect Protesting Nigerians

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Human rights and pro-democracy group, TakeItBack Motion, has urged safety operatives to respect the basic human rights of the Nigerian individuals that may protest towards the evils of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led regime on October 1.

The group additionally warned that the nation’s safety brokers shouldn’t assault peaceable protesters, as they flood the streets on October 1 Independence Day, including that the 1999 Nigerian Structure has protected them.



Recall that some teams within the nation have vowed to stage demonstrations to register their displeasure towards insecurity, poor economic system, lawlessness, and different deficiencies which have characterised the Buhari-led administration.

The TakeItBack Motion mentioned it’ll resist any type of brutality, assault or arrest that the Nigerian Police and different safety operatives could also be scheming towards protesting residents.

This was in a launch issued by the Authorized Adviser, TakeItBack Motion, Festus Ogun, which was made accessible to SaharaReporters on Thursday, and titled, ‘October 1st Nationwide Protest Is A Basic Proper: Safety Companies Should Be Effectively Guided.’

The assertion reads, “As Nigeria clocks 61, patriotic and well-meaning Nigerians will storm the streets of main cities in protest towards dangerous governance, acute insecurity, poverty, starvation, unemployment, gross disrespect for human rights and dignity and the crude wickedness of the Buhari administration.

“Typical of the Nigerian authorities, likelihood is excessive {that a} clampdown will greet tomorrow’s historic protest. It’s in view of this that we, on the TakeItBack Motion, remind all safety companies that tomorrow’s October 1st Protest stays a elementary proper enshrined below our extant legal guidelines on this nation and no type of assault will probably be tolerated.

“By the mixed impact of Sections 39, 40 and 41 of the 1999 Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as altered, the best to protest is safeguarded and assured as a human proper that shall be loved by all residents with out arbitrary restraint. Articles 6, 9, 10, 11 and 12 of the African Constitution on Human and Peoples Proper equally defend the best to protest. Moreover, Articles 18-21 of the Common Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 absolutely defend the constitutional liberty to protest.

“Emphasising the sacred nature of the best to protest in a constitutional democracy, the Courtroom of Attraction 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 looking for and acquiring permission from anyone. It’s a proper assured by the 1999 Structure and any legislation that try to curtail such proper is null and void and of no impact in anyway”.

“Understanding absolutely nicely that Nigeria remains to be within the bondage of the political elites and neo-colonialism, we’re compelled to remind the authorities of the necessity to observe all civil guidelines throughout our demonstrations tomorrow. Whereas they’ll grace the historic protest, it is very important remind them that they’ve an obligation to guard us and never arrest or assault us.

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

“Nothing, nobody can cease an thought whose time has come. Aluta continua.”

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