Police Ask Tuface Idibia, Opposing Group To Cancel Protests

Force PRO, Jimoh MoshoodThe Police have advised Nigerian pop star, Tuface Idibia and other opposing groups to suspend their planned protests scheduled for February 5 and 6, 2017, in Lagos and other states.

In a statement on Friday by the Force PRO, Jimoh Moshood, the Police said it is in possession of credible intelligence reports that other interest groups were planning to hold a counter protest on the same days at the same places as the Tuface Group.

He reckoned that if these various planned protests are held as scheduled, there may be breakdown of law and order, with attendant loss of lives and property.

The statement reads: “Nigeria Police Force is deeply concerned with the security implications with regard to the planned protest/demonstrations, and as the lead security agency in the country, is fully aware and recognizes the constitutional rights of every citizen (including Tuface and his group) to assemble and move freely in any part of the country.

“In this regard, the Force is also cognizant of its constitutional responsibilities of taking any proactive/preventive security measures in the interest of public safety, public order, public morality or public health and for the purposes of protecting lives and property, as well as the constitutional rights and freedom of other citizens.

“The Nigeria Police Force is currently in possession of credible intelligence

Police Ask Tuface Idibia, Opposing Group To Cancel Protests
Force PRO, Jimoh Moshood

reports that other interest groups are equally planning to hold a counter protest/matches on the same days at the same places/cities as the Tuface Group.

“If these various planned protests/demonstrations are held as scheduled, that there may be breakdown of law and order, with attendant loss of lives and property.

“To this end, the Nigeria Police Force deems it imperative to issue this press release that Innocent Idibia (a.k.a Tuface) and his group are hereby advised strongly to shelve their planned peaceful protest/demonstration in the interest of peace and security.

“That the other opposing groups are equally advised strongly to shelve its planned counter protest/demonstration in the interest of peace and security.

“That the Nigeria Police Force is prepared to employ every possible legal means for the maintenance of law and order; and for the protection of lives and property.

“Consequently, members of the public, parents and guardians, religious/opinion leaders and other interest groups are strongly advised to prevail on their children and wards, followers and adherents not to allow themselves to be used by any group to cause disturbance of public peace and break down of law and order.”

 

I Never Said Tuface Idibia’s Rally Cannot Be Held – Lagos CP

I Never Said A Rally Cannot Be Held – Lagos CPAnyone planning to join the anti-government rally planned by Nigerian music star, Innocent Idibia popularly known as Tuface Idibia will be protected and free to do so.

That’s the assurance from the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, in reaction to an earlier report of a police ban on the protest.

He told Politics Today on Channels Television: “This Commissioner of Police did not at any time say a rally cannot be held. The CP is not the convener of the rally.

“Its the people that are planning the rally that can decide based on advisories as to whether they need to go on with the rally or not.

“I must emphasise here that the policing philosophy of the Inspector-General of Police that he has set out is for us to ensure that our policing conforms with international best practices, with observance of rule of law and of course to know that we are in a democracy.”

Mr Owoseni said that the organisers and the protesters are free to exercise their fundamental human rights by engaging in the planned peaceful protest expected to take place in Lagos and some other major cities of the nation

“If they must exercise their rights, ours is to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order.

“We are assuring the members of the public there won’t be any breakdown of law and order. Everyone in Lagos will be able to go about his or her business without hindrance,” he promised.

He added that both the planned pro and anti-government protests would be given the needed police protection without any breakdown of law and order.

“Pro (or) anti-government rally, the Police will ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order and that we manage it properly.

“This is not the first rally. There was one last month when another group marched from Yaba at the NLC secretariat to Ojota and it was done peacefully and well managed.

“We will continue to make sure that whoever wants to express his or her opinion does that under a peaceful atmosphere.”

 

Tu-Face Idibia: FG Okays Right To Peaceful Protest

protestThe Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that it respects the right of people to protest peacefully.

This is coming amidst reports that the Lagos State Police command had intended to prevent a march organised by music star, Tu-face Idibia, against the economic crisis in the country.

Earlier, the BBC had reported that Lagos Police Chief, Fatai Owoseni, said the police had not been informed of the march, and they would not allow it to proceed because intelligence reports indicated that “hoodlums are planning to hijack it” to rob, harass and attack members of the public.

However, the international media group’s latest report says a group organising the protest has also tweeted that police intend to allow the march to go ahead.

Electricity Tariff Suit: Court To Rule May 31

Electricity The Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos has fixed May 31 to rule on the preliminary objections filed by the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and the Attorney General of the Federation.

They are all listed as defendants in a suit filed by some aggrieved residents of Itire, Ijesa and Ikate communities in Surulere area of Lagos State.

The resident staged a peaceful protest in court on Monday to condemn the high electricity tariffs which they say does not match supply.

Justice Saliu Saidu has listened to the objections of the defendants who have challenged the jurisdiction of the court to hear the suit.

Counsel to the plaintiffs, however, said that the Federal Government needs to review the privatization process.

Selma: OC Ukeje Won’t Mind ‘Mini David Oyelowo’ Title

OC Ukeje at Selma premiereNollywood rave of the moment, OC Ukeje won’t mind being called a ‘mini David Oyelowo’.

OC said that much while praising the creativity of his Hollywood counterpart, David, at the premiere of the Martin Luther King Jr biopic, Selma, in Lagos.

In a chat with Channels Television’s Entertainment Correspondent, Mayowa Ogundele, OC Ukeje said:

“David Oyelowo is phenomenal and I’ve seen a couple of his films. I think he has a presence for every role he has ever done.”

He continued, “I think David Oyelowo is someone to.. emulate. That would be a career path to look at” and with a wide smile on his face, he added “I would not be minding being called a mini David Oyelowo”.

Selma, a historical drama film centres on the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights Marches led by civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr, who was known for his non-violent approach to demanding rights for black Americans.

The Ava DuVernay directed film premiered at the Rock Cathedral in Lagos as the first Hollywood movie premiere in Nigeria, with Nigerian Hollywood actors, David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo in attendance.

The movie was shown free to a selected audience by House on the Rock church in partnership with the U.S mission in Nigeria, to promote peace as the general elections approach.

Speaking on this, OC Ukeje expressed hope that the movie would sensitize Nigerians to be “a bit more sensitive to the things that are happening around us and to be involved in our own very little levels… just so we can create a polity that makes sense”.

Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti Workers Call For Rector’s Removal

Polytechnic Ado EkitiThe workers of the Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti, in a peaceful protest, stormed the office of the Rector alleging illegal deductions from their salaries amounting to the sum of 250million naira by the management.

The protest was led by the leaders of the three unions of the institution; the Non Academic Staff Union, the Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnic, and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics, as well as the members.

Addressing newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian polytechnics, Dr. Ayeni Oluwole, said that the school management must ensure total payment of all the money deducted so far from the workers’ salaries with immediate effect.

Also, the Chairman of the Non Academic Staff Union, Adekunle Adeniyi, also stressed the urgent need for a change in the leadership of the institution.

The Rector, Taiwo Akande, appealed to the unions to be patient, as their demands would be met as soon as it is approved by the Federal Government.

She further stressed that the lecturers should also consider the students as the strike already embarked on by the unions would not in anyway do them good.

With the indefinite strike embarked on by the unions, academic activities in the institution have been shut down. They said that the situation would remain till their demands are met.

Lawyers Stage Peaceful Protest In Akure

Jos lawyersLawyers in Akure, Ondo state have staged a peaceful protest to register their grievances against the decision of the state’s Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Olasehinde Kumuyi to impose bail conditions on them.

The Lawyers argued that the freedom to liberty is “a right that cannot be removed from the Constitution of Nigeria”; adding that payment of tax is not compulsory for everybody.

The protesting Lawyers, armed with placards in various wordings, marched through major streets of Akure chanting solidarity songs against the new policy by the Chief Judge.

Led by the Chairman, Akure Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lawrence Dare, the lawyers described the policy as unconstitutional.

The procession moved to the premises of the state High Court, where they prevented all the courtrooms from attending to litigants.

They equally gave the Chief Judge an ultimatum till next Monday to rescind the decision, without which they will demand for his removal.

Police Disrupts ASUU Protest In Bayero University Kano

The Nigeria Police in Kano state has disrupted a peaceful protest by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Bayero University, Kano (BUK). 

The protest was thwarted by armed policemen, who joined those stationed at the University gate as they blocked the entrance, forcing the lecturers back into the university campus.

Although an argument ensued when a police officer made threats, the lecturers marched back to the university premises where the protest held peacefully.

The leader of the ASUU in BUK, Dr. Mahmud Lawan, said although they had been denied the opportunity to express their grievances, the strike would continue because the federal government was not ready to listen to them.

The protest was peacefully carried out despite the presence of armed police officers and the protesters said there would be no going back on the struggle for a better university system.

Ozekhome’s Kinsmen Stage Peaceful Protest

Kinsmen of prominent lawyer and senior advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, who was kidnapped on Friday, have staged a peaceful protest in Benin City to demand the unconditional release of their kinsman.

Addressing newsmen at the Nigeria Union of Journalists’ secretariat in the Edo state capital, Mr. Isa Adidi who spoke on behalf of the people of Iviukwe community in Etsako-east local government area of the state, appealed to the lawyer’s abductors to release him unhurt.

He explained that Ozekhome is a human rights activist who has been fighting for the people and cannot afford whatever ransom his abductors may request for.

Ozekhome was abducted by men suspected to be kidnappers on the Benin-Auchi expressway, in an operation that left four policemen dead.