The Lagos State Police command has warned the Nigerian Bar Association Ikeja Branch to desist from their plan to protest tomorrow during the visit of President Buhari to Lagos.
In a statement signed by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer,SP Chike Oti, the command warned that the planned protest is most inappropriate at this time.
Below is the press statement issues by Lagos State Police Command:
PLANNED PROTEST, MOST INAPPROPRIATE AT THIS TIME, BE WARNED.
The attention of the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, has been drawn to the news credited to the Nigeria Bar Association Chairman, Ikeja branch, Mr. Adesina Ogunlana that the NBA Ikeja branch would use the occasion of the visit of the President and the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to protest the Land Use Charge policy of the Lagos State Government.
The CP believes strongly that the planned protest by the NBA is the handiwork of mischief makers who are using the NBA as a launching pad to possibly compromise the security emplaced for the presidential visit.
It must be recalled that on the 12th of March 2018, the Lagos State Police Command availed the NBA Ikeja branch its security assets and escorted them to the Government House Alausa to protest the increase in the Land Use Charge. At Alausa they were addressed and afterwards escorted back to their base.
It is baffling that the same NBA whose right to protest has never been denied to use the auspicious occasion of the President’s visit to protest and disrupt the occasion and by extension compromise the security of the President is to say the least most incomprehensible.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Lagos State Police Command will not tolerate any protest from the NBA or from any group or individual for that matter during the visit of Mr President whom Lagosians are ready to receive warmly.
The NBA and any group wanting to protest at this time are warned to jettison the idea or face dire consequences which may include arrest and prosecution of participants.
It is curious that of all the NBA branches in Lagos, it is only the Ikeja branch that has been using the option of protesters and civil disobedience despite several options available to it thus lending credence to the intelligence report that the Chairman of the NBA is a pawn in the hands of some disgruntled politicians.
Please be warned.
Meanwhile, men of the Police command are presently at the Bar Center Ikeja with a letter of invitation to the Chairman of the Branch Mr. Ogunlana.