Lagos State Police Commissioner, Mr. Fatai Owoseni has said that Tuface lacked the capacity to contain the kind of crowd the protests would attract.
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.
Instructively, Section 39 of the 1999 Constitution granted the freedom of expression, including the right to be heard and to disseminate information.
Section40 provides the freedom of association while Section 38 gave Nigerians the right to freedom of movement and peaceful assembly.
Also, the Presidency, yesterday, said it was not against the right of Nigerians to stage peaceful protests.
This was made known by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Mr. Laolu Akande.
Disclosing this on his Twitter handle, he said:
This administration will not prevent Nigerians from expressing themselves in peaceful protests, it is a fundamental right of the people.
No government has ever laid out the kind of Social Investment Programme the Buhari government is now running across the nation that will touch millions.