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Lagos Police Vows To Disrupt 2Face's Planned Protest

Blackface and 2baba smiling together
Melissa Porter | 05 February, 2017, 02:23

Protests are not new in Nigeria, especially over the past few years.

Nigerian police said Thursday they would not allow an anti-government protest planned in the commercial hub Lagos by music star 2Face.

Owoseni, however, said the protest would not be allowed to hold.

In a move indicative that the protests tagged: One Voice, One Nigeria were explicitly about Nigeria, interested participants were asked to put on green attires.

The Command has vowed to stop the planned protest. "We know that Tuface does not have the capacity to contain such a crowd and we will not fold our hands and watch while things go out of hand", he said last Wednesday.

That Innocent Idibia (a.k.a 2Baba) and his group are hereby advised strongly to shelve their planned peaceful protest/demonstration in the interest of peace and security.

There have also been allegations that a former Governor from the South South, who is now a senator, is bankrolling the protest by Tuface.

Aside from Lagos, the Protest is expected to hold nationwide.

"This is why we advice 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".

That said, it is important that the Federal Government and all agencies under it state their support for freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly as the rallies intend to be, and that security agencies live up to their responsibility by providing the needed security to it.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday night, the police said they were in possession of "credible intelligence" that some other groups are planning a counter protest or marches between February 5th and February 6th, and the 2Baba group had scheduled their protests for February 6th. This was made known by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Mr. Laolu Akande.

"We want to state very clearly and peacefully that #IStandWithNigeria and the country must work for all of us and all of us must work for Nigeria", he wrote on his Facebook page yesterday.