No Ban On Public Protest, Procession – Police

Police, Public protest, procession, UNILAG Dean, protest, students rusticationThe Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has stated that at no time did the Nigeria Police place a ban on peaceful public protest or procession anywhere in Nigeria, particularly the Federal Capital Territory.

In a statement made available by Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, on Friday, the Police admitted that peaceful public protests and procession are an integral part of democratic norms in as much as it conforms to the rule of law and public order.

“The Nigeria Police Force recognises the constitutional rights of every law abiding citizen to express his or her view through public protest/procession and other legitimate means.

“In order to ensure that public protest/procession is not hijacked by hoodlums and miscreants to unleash mayhem and disturbance of public peace, persons or group of persons undertaking public protest/procession should endeavour to notify the Police to enable the Police protect and process the public procession through designated routes and destinations,” he stated.

He, however, warned that the Police will not condone any protest or procession on the public highways and roads inhibiting or disallowing public freedom and right of way.

“The Inspector General of Police is committed to the principles of democratic policing and adherence to international best practices in public order management.

“To this end, State Commissioners of Police and Police Commanders are directed to emplace strategies to protect and facilitate lawful public protest/processions as well as protect other members of the public who are not engaged in any form of public protest/procession,” he added.

UNILAG Dean Dismisses Protest Against Student’s Rustication

UNILAG Dean, protest, students rusticationSome students who have been rusticated from the University of Lagos, (UNILAG), have carried out a peaceful demonstration, over what they termed an alleged violation of their rights by the school’s authority.

Acting Dean at the students’ affairs division, Dr Karo Ogbinaka, however dismissed the issue of victimization as alleged by the students.

The protest which took place on Wednesday, resulted from the suspension of members of the students’ union and the rustication of a student from the environmental sciences department, identified as Adeyeye Olorunfemi, who criticized the management of the institution.

In his open letter to the management which he shared on facebook, Olorunfemi called out members of the management board, bluntly accusing them of being irresponsible, insensitive and irresponsive to the welfare of the students.

The students claim they are being punished for merely protesting against poor living conditions on campus.

They described the punishment meted on members of the Students Union as unjust, meanwhile the acting Dean has dismissed the issue.

He said beyond the issue of the protest, the rusticated students had other charges levied against them which they had refused to acknowledge.

This has made the students agitated about the plight of their fellow students, as it appears that only the school’s highest decision making body, can change the fortunes of the affected students.