The Lagos State Police Commissioner Fatai Owoseni has stated the intention of the police command to stop the nationwide protest organize by popular Nigerian musician, Tuface Idibia.
Owoseni said that the reason they are planning to stop the protest was because there was no official notice to security agencies about the February 6th protest and there is every likelihood that the process may be hijacked by hoodlums to rob innocent citizens who are going about their normal duties.
According to what he said during a press conference held this week, “Information reaching us revealed that some hoodlums are planning to hijack the peaceful protest. And as such, we won’t allow it to hold in Lagos. We know that Tuface do not have the capacity to contain such a crowd and we will not fold our hands and watch while things go out of hand.”
“The Civil Society had said that they do not need police permission to carry out any peaceful protest, but they should also be aware that there might be those who share an opposing view. This set of persons may want to disrupt the peaceful demonstration and would want to attack demonstrators.
This is why we advise individuals or group of persons who may wish to embark on civil demonstration to inform the police so that adequate security arrangement would be provided.”