A video of some of the arrested #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters, including popular Nigerians comedian, Debo Adebayo aka Mr Macaroni, has left many shocked.
In the viral video which appeared to have been recorded by one of the policemen, the comedian, alongside other arrested protesters could be seen sweating profusely after being locked in a bus without any form of distancing.
Mr Macaroni who appeared humiliated could be seen in the video, crying, as one of the policemen ordered a protester to sit beside the comedian in a clustered bus with little ventilation.
Dozens of #OccupyLekkiTollgate protesters have since been arrested while attempting to protest the reopening of the Lekki Toll Gate as they demand justice for the victims of the October 20, 2020, #EndSARS protests where soldiers shot at peaceful protesters.
At the time of this report, the whereabouts of the arrested protesters are reportedly unknown and Nigerians have condemned the arrest.
Watch the video below:
Just look at how they are treating Mr Macaroni like hardened criminal just because he protested peacefully.pic.twitter.com/hDMX9gBhyQ
— Premier (@SodiqTade) February 13, 2021
The arrests on Saturday has come with a lot of unanswered questions after the Attorney General of the state, Moyosore Onigbanjo, said Lagos state’s constitution recognises the right to peaceful protests.
Although he warned against violation of properties, there were no reports from either the police or eyewitnesses citing a breach of law by the protesters before their arrest.
Onigbanjo also urged the police should “respect the rights of the citizen as guaranteed under the 1999 Constitution (as amended)” while responding to any protest.
“The State is aware of Sections 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which guarantees the Rights to Freedom of Expression and Peaceful Assembly. However, such right does not permit the violation of the Rights of other citizens in the State.
While the State recognises the importance of exercising the Rights to Peaceful protests, same cannot extend to blockage of roads and or preventing other members of the public from enjoying their Fundamental Rights to move freely within the State.
Any person or group with such desire to Protest must also bear in mind the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Health Regulations 2021 which prevents any gathering beyond 50 and other safety measures including but not limited to maintaining Social Distancing and the use of face mask.
The Attorney General hereby enjoins everyone to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 Regulations and any other extant laws in the State.
The right to protest peacefully does not exempt anyone from violating laws. Any violator will therefore be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
The Nigeria Police is equally urged, that in responding to any protest, it should respect the rights of the citizen as guaranteed under the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and carry out their duties in accordance with the law,” the statement read partly.
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