Popular Nigerian singer, 2face Idibia, has vowed to continue with the nationwide protests scheduled for February 6, despite warnings from the police.
The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, on Wednesday stated that the artist does not have the capacity to control any possible outbreak of violence in the cause of the demonstration.
He also said they had received intelligence report, that miscreants were planning to take advantage to attack innocent Nigerians.
Owoseni said: “Information reaching us revealed that some hoodlums are planning to hijack the peaceful protest. And as such, we won’t allow it to hold in Lagos. We know that Tuface do not have the capacity to contain such a crowd and we will not fold our hands and watch while things go out of hand.
“The Civil Society had said that they do not need police permission to carry out any peaceful protest, but they should also be aware that there might be those who share an opposing view. This set of persons may want to disrupt the peaceful demonstration and would want to attack demonstrators.
“This is why we advise individuals or group of persons who may wish to embark on civil demonstration to inform the police so that adequate security arrangement would be provided.”
In response, 2face took to his Facebook page, to confirm his stance.
“I will not keep quiet. I’m just a musician with a point of view and the ear of my fans,” he wrote.
“I have dedicated my time and resources to peace building, voter’s education towards peaceful elections and youth engagement in governance in Nigeria.
“This match is about demanding that our leaders connect with all the people of Nigeria.”