Lagos Okada/Keke ban: NANS slams police over alleged capturing of protesting riders

The Nationwide Affiliation of Nigerian College students (NANS) has expressed anger over the alleged capturing of protesting Okada and tricycle operators in Lagos State by safety personnel.

Riders, on Monday, protested the restrictions positioned on them by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in some elements the state.

In a press release made obtainable to Nigeria Nigeria Newspaper on Wednesday by NANS South West Coordinator, Kowe Odunayo Amos, the affiliation stated, “We condemn in sturdy phrases, the capturing of Keke and Okada riders who have been protesting the current obnoxious coverage of the Lagos State Authorities limiting them from plying sure areas within the State, which has clearly uncovered them to criminalities.”

Based on Amos, “It is extremely unlucky that our cops as soon as once more displayed their cruelty and lack of restraint towards these individuals that have been exercising their godly and humanly recognised proper to meeting and peaceable demonstration as stipulated in Part 40 of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).”

Talking additional, the scholars physique maintained that, “The motion of the Police as displayed towards the protesting individuals is sheer disregard for human lives, a deviation from the Guidelines of Engagement and it smacks logic and the emotions of humaneness.

NANS added that “peoples’ proper to protest is an internationally and a godly acknowledged proper; a derogation of which shouldn’t be tolerated in any sense.”

“As an affiliation, we count on that Nigeria ought to have gone past the period of capturing innocent protesters that have been principally exhibiting their dissatisfaction in direction of what seems to be harsh authorities coverage which might undoubtedly have an effect on their livelihood to the extent that this was even supervised in a State that prides itself as ‘the Centre of Excellence.’

“Nothing justifies the capturing of harmless protesting residents and we demand for a cease to be put to this nefarious act by these on the high echelons of the nation,” NANS declared.