The Nigeria Police have denied banning peaceful rallies in the capital, Abuja.
The police have in the past few days come under heavy criticism for trying to stop the Bring Back Our girls protest who are demanding government do more to free the Chibok girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram. Apart from members of the protesters, others like Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and human rights lawyer Femi Falana also condemned the police ban.
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In a statement signed by the Force Public Relations officer, Don Awunah, the Police said it recognised the impacts of peaceful protests in a democracy and would not jeopardise the rights of Nigerians.
“Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris wishes to state categorically that at no time did Nigeria Police Force place a ban on peaceful public protest/procession anywhere in Nigeria most particularly Federal Capital Territory,” Mr. Awunah said.
“Peaceful Public protest/procession is an integral part of democratic norms in as much as it conforms with the rule of law and public order.
“The Nigeria Police Force recognises the constitutional rights of every law abiding citizen to express his or her view through public protest/procession and other legitimate means,” he added.