Nigerian Police Sued For Threatening To Arrest 2face
A Lagos based lawyer Malcom Omirhobo has taken the Nigeria Police Force to the Lagos division of the Federal High Court for threatening to arrest popular Nigerian Musician 2Baba over a planned protest in February.
Tuface Idibia had previously organised a mass protest against the Federal Government of Nigeria over the worsening economic situation of the nation, a protest which he later abandoned.
In January, Tuface had called for a nationwide protest, themed ‘OneNigeria,’ to raise awareness against worsening economic crisis across the country.
The police, after initially promising to provide security, called on the musician to shelve the action in the “interest of peace and security.”
Two days to the protest, which had been scheduled for February 6th, Tuface announced the cancellation of the event citing security concerns.
The protest, however, went ahead on the planned date with civil society organizations and hundreds of Nigerians in Lagos and Abuja marching around the cities protesting against harsh living conditions.
In his lawsuit marked FHC/CS/ 842/17, Mr. Omirhobo is seeking amongst other reliefs, a declaration that by the combined provisions of sections 39 to 41 of the constitution, it is the duty of the Police to provide security for intending protesters.
Mr. Omirhobo also seeks a declaration that the intimidation of 2face by the police, leading to a cancellation of the planned protest, which was meant to March against the rising wave of hunger and recession in the country, constitutes a breach of citizens right to freedom of expression.
The applicant is also, calling for a public apology from the respondents to the generality of Nigerians, for frustrating a planned peaceful protest.