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NIGERIA: POLICE DENIES BANNING PUBLIC PROTESTS

The Nigerian Police on Sunday denied outlawing public protest , stating that “public protest or procession anywhere in Nigeria” is lawful insofar as they are peaceful.

But the Police said it will not condone any protest or procession on public highways and roads inhibiting or disallowing public freedom and right of way.

“Peaceful Public protest/procession is an integral part of democratic norms” said police spokesman Don Awunah, “in as much as it conforms with 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.”

The clarification became imperative after men of the Nigerian Police tried to stop members of the Bring Back Our Girls movement from marching on Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday.

The Oby Ezekwesili-led group had met at the Unity Fountain to proceed with its planned march but were stopped by police officers.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK