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Falana describes as illegal IG's ban on BBOG protests

09 September 2016, 20:17

Lagos - Lagos lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) has described the ban by Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris, on public protests in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as illegal.

Ibrahim gave the directive on Wednesday following a “clash” between the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaigners and a pro- President Muhammadu Buhari group in Abuja, on Wednesday.

Falana lamented that through the ban, the IGP had “exposed the federal government to avoidable embarrassment.”

He said: “Sequel to the purported clash, the Inspector-General of Police had called the BBOG members and announced an illegal ban on public protests in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“Since the fundamental rights of the Nigerian people (including former members of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) who are now in the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government) to assemble peacefully and demonstrate without any official harassment have been upheld by Nigerian courts, the illegal ban on public protests in the Federal Capital Territory by the Inspector-General of Police will not be allowed to stand."

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Wednesday said the continuous protest emebarked upon by the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group poses threat to public peace, stating that he has had enough according to News24.

He said this while speaking during a visit by the National President of the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), Gloria Shoda and other members of the Council executive to his office in Abuja.

- News 24


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