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Falana Berates Police For Clamping Down On #RevolutionNow Protesters

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Human rights and constitutional lawyer Femi Falana has backed the #RevolutionNow protesters, saying Nigerians have the right to protest.

Naija News recalls that the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the February 2019 General Election, Omoyele Sowore had called for a #RevolutionNow protest across Nigeria against bad government policies.

This resulted in clashes between security operatives and protesters at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos State and other parts of the country.

Speaking to TVC, Falana stated that the Department of State Services (DSS) and the police ought to have obtained a court order and prevent the protest from holding if they had evidence that public peace would be disrupted.

“Nigerians have the right to protest peacefully, whether you call it a revolution or whatever. The entire razzmatazz of police action is totally unnecessary,” Falana said.

“Since the state had the information for over two weeks that these guys were planning a protest, the police and the state security services have the right to go to court and ask for an order that this protest can not take place.

“To violate the provisions of chapter 4 of the Nigerian constitution on fundamental rights, it must be in accordance with the procedures of the law. In other words, if you’re going to detain Sowore, there has to be a court order.”

Source: Naija News

George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and a Deputy Editor at Naija News.