Even military allowed protests, says Ozekhome

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Human rights lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), has condemned the arrest of #OccupyLekki protesters at the Lekki toll plaza including the detention of comedian Debo Adebayo better known as Mr Macaroni.

Ozekhome said even the military allowed people to protest.

The senior advocate said this in a message sent to Punch on Saturday.

He wrote, “It is patently illegal and totally unconstitutional to to detain Debo Macaroni . At least the Nigerian constitution has not been abrogated by this dictatorial government of impunity. Sections 40 and 41 of the constitution give Debo the right to peaceful assembly and association and the right to freedom of movement.

“Even under military dictatorship, as one of the founding fathers of the CLO (the first indigenous human rights organisation in Nigeria founded on October 15, 1987), I was allowed to demonstrate and protest on the streets by successive military juntas.

“Debo and the other protesters have done no wrong to protest. It has not been shown that it was violent . Is the Federal government truly saying Nigerians should no longer protest? Then, the Federal Government should dissolve the people and select or elect another one of its choice.”

 

 

-Punch

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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