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Falana Asks Police To Apologise For Stopping June 12 Protesters

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Popular human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has called on the Nigeria Police Force to apologise to protesters who were arrested during the June 12 nationwide protest on Saturday.

He accused the police of violating the fundamental right of expression of the protesters.

“The police should learn to respect the constitutional rights of protesters. It’s uncivilised for the police to be chasing and attacking unarmed protesters on the streets as if these citizens are criminals,” Falana noted in a communique on Sunday.

He however commended the protesters for conducting themselves in a mature and peaceful manner.

Falana also condemned the explanation of the police that the tear gas shot was to prevent hoodlums and miscreants from hijacking the peaceful rallies adding that there are lessons to take from that incident which he describes as unfortunate.

He urged future protesters to inform the police ahead of their action as demanded by law.

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