The lawmaker representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District in the Senate, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, has condemned the police ban on all protests in support of the campaign for the freedom of the over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped from their dormitory in Chibok, Borno State, describing it as another attempt by the authorities to muzzle the voices of hapless Nigerians.
The Commissioner of Police in Abuja, Mr. Joseph Mbu, had on Monday, 2nd June, 2014, announced a ban on all Bring-Back-Our-Girls protests.
The announcement came days after suspected pro-government hoodlums attacked those who had converged for the protests in Abuja.
In a statement in Abuja on Monday, 2nd June, 2014, Ojudu said the right of Nigerians to hold peaceful protests is enshrined in the constitution, adding that the announcement by Mr. Mbu appears like a hangover of his days in Rivers State which, according to Ojudu, should be resisted by all well-meaning Nigerians who believe in the sanctity and supremacy of the Nigerian constitution.
Ojudu said if the ban is not quickly called off, he would not hesitate to mobilise some of his colleagues to the streets of Abuja to join in the call for the rescue and restoration to their families of the Chibok schoolgirls.
He expressed disdain that at a time all family-oriented Nigerians, irrespective of status, should get behind the call for the release of the girls, the Nigeria Police has chosen to toe its usual path of making draconian declarations which would not stand in any democratic setting.
Ojudu called on the Inspector-General of Police to quickly rein in the Police Commissioner in Abuja by ordering him to call off his unconstitutional ban, otherwise more Nigerians would be forced to troop out onto the streets to demand the release of the schoolgirls snatched cruelly by Boko Haram.