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Nwanguma blasts Lagos ComPol, says he has no powers to ban protests

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The Executive Director of Rule of Law And Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC), Mr. Okechukwu Nwanguma has lambasted the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Odumosun Hakeem over his threat to resist any form of protest under any guise in the state.

In a statement he made available to ElombahNews, Mr. Nwanguma said that as Police Commissioner, he “has no powers under any law to ban protests”.

He noted that ComPol Odumosun “acted beyond his powers by announcing a ban on protests in Lagos State.

“He is exercising powers he does not have,” he maintained.

Okechukwu Nwanguma, Executive Director of Rule of Law And Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC)
Okechukwu Nwanguma, Executive Director of Rule of Law And Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC)

Nwanguma recalled that Commissioner of Police Joseph Mbu issued a similar illegal order in the FCT in 2014 banning protests by the Bring Back Our Girls group, while he was FCT Police Commissioner.

He was, however, forced to withdraw the order following the public backlash.

The Bring Back Our Girls Group, through their lawyers, Femi Falana Chambers went to court and got a court order nullifying that illegal order and reaffirming citizens’ constitutional rights to assemble peacefully and protest without requiring approval from the Police.

As a note of advice/warning to Odumosun, he said:

“This is to call the attention of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State to this judicial pronouncement and to urge him to understand and act within the limits of his powers.

“There is also no such thing as ‘EndSARS violent protests’, as stated in the Press Release issued by the CP Lagos through the PPRO.

“The #EndSARS protests were peaceful until government recruited thugs who attacked the peaceful protesters and subsequently deployed soldiers who attacked them and fired live ammunition on the protesters.”

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