The People’s Democratic Party Lagos State Chapter has called out to the Lagos State Police Command to exercise a lot of restraints in its pronouncements.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu recently read out a “riot act” to intending Protesters in the state.
The CP in the state, released a statement, informing the general public, that it had received intelligence reports from relevant security agencies, that some unpatriotic elements and groups of people had concluded plans to orchestrate another set of destruction in the state.
The statement further read “Premised on this, the command, therefore, wishes to warn private individuals, groups of students and others, who might be contemplating any form of protests or gathering whatsoever to desist”.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, however, vowed to resist any form of planned protests, procession or gathering under any guise or nomenclature in the state.
In response to this “riot act” the Lagos PDP, led by Engr Adedeji Doherty, has come out to inform the CP that he should remember that his main duty under the Nigerian Constitution is to protect lives and Properties.
Engr Doherty, resonated that the CP, should not forget the provisions of Section 40 of the Nigerian Constitution, as well as Article II of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights as it concerns fundamental rights to peaceful assembly and association.
He advised that instead of indirectly banning protests in the state, the Lagos State Police Command should look into the possibility of:
Providing necessary protection for Protesters, so as to wade off the influx of hoodlums.
Limiting the number of persons that gather for a protest at any given time.
Giving a time frame, for which a protest must lapse.
He reiterated that over 90% of protesters are law abiding and honourable, it is usually, the hoodlums who infiltrate the midst of the protesters, that forment trouble and go about destroying properties.
He advised the Lagos State Police Commissioner to work out modalities to adequately provide security cover for protesters rather than trying to silence the same persons who pay their wages.