Human rights attorney Adeola Oyinlade has denounced the Nigeria Police Force for its persistent inability to permit nonviolent demonstrations, such as End SARS events.
The activist brought up the security agencies’ claim that a lawful protest cannot take place without authorization.

According to Oyinlade, they are using the Public Order Act of 1979 as justification for putting a stop to protestors all around the nation.

“This stance is a clear and flagrant violation of Nigerian people’s fundamental human rights,”

He said in a press release.

The expert clarified that protest is a person’s way of expressing their dissatisfaction and dissent, stating that this can be done verbally, in writing, physically, or through social media.

The attorney claimed that rights guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution and other laws could not be routinely violated by the state or any individual, nor could they be activated at the whim of the police.

He reminded the police that their job is to ensure that lawbreakers do not take over the protests and to defend those who are demonstrating their right to do so.

The Federal High Court ruled in 2006 that the so-called Public Order Act of 1979, which the police had been relying on to mandate that demonstrators obtain authorization from the Governor no later than 48 hours before to the protest, was unconstitutional.

The Court of Appeal quashed the Act and upheld the same judgment in an appeal. This is what the Court of Appeal said:

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