Lagos State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni
The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni on
Wednesday 1st February, 2017 vowed to stop the planned protest
against the Federal Government slated for February 5 to take place in Lagos.
It would be recall that the popular afro beat musician, 2Face
Idibia called on Nigerians through his social media to join him in protesting
against the current government policies slated 6th Feb, 2017.
However, Fatai Owoseni, who had previously claimed

unawareness about the protest because there was no official request from the protesters
informing security agencies of their plan, said yesterday that intelligence
report reaching him states that criminals might hijack the process. Lawbreakers
would use this opportunity to harass, rob and attack innocent members of the
public, who may wish to go about their Lawful duty

The Police claim that the command wasn’t ready for this type
of demonstration and as such would not be allowed to hold.

“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,”
Owoseni said.
Earlier this week during a briefing with the press, Owoseni
said: “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.”


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