Group sues Commissioner of Police, FCT, over ban on protests, rallies

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ABUJA – A group, Bring back our girls, under the auspices of Women for Peace and Justice, on Tuesday, sued the Commissioner of Police in FCT for banning all protests over the release of abducted Chibok school girls in the FCT.
The group’s Coordinator, Hadiza Usman, on behalf of sixteen others, filed the suit, dated June 3, in the FCT High Court.
The group, in a court process which was filed under Order 1 Rule 2 of the Fundamental Right Enforcement Rules 2009, asked the court to declare as illegal and unlawful the ban on protests and rallies which took effect on Monday, June 2.
The suit was filed on behalf of the group by Falana and Falana Chambers.
The group members asked the court to declare the ban as illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.
The group said that the ban was a violation of the fundamental rights to freedom of assembly and association as guaranteed by sections 38, 39 and 40 of the constitution.
Members of the group also wanted the court to declare that “the Commissioner of Police in the FCT, Mr Joseph Mbu, is not competent to ban protests and rallies in the FCT in any manner whatsoever.’’
They further asked for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondent from preventing aggrieved Nigerians from taking part in rallies.
They prayed that the protest was in exercise of their right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by sections 38, 39 and 40 of 1999 constitution as amended.
Also named as plaintiffs in the suit are Mr Samuel Yaga, Mrs Rebecca Yaga, Mrs Sarah Ishaya, Malam Dunama Mpur, Lawan Abana, Dr Pogu Bitrus, Dauda Iliya and the Kibaka Area Development Association.
Others are Obiageli Ezekwesili, Maryam Uwais, Bashair Yusuf, Jibrin Ibrahim, Saudatu Mahdi, Bukky Shonibare, Rotimi Olawale and Florence Ozor.
The Commissioner of Police in the FCT, Mr Joseph Mbu, had on Monday, banned all protests, rallies and demonstrations organised by groups and individuals over the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls at Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State. (NAN)