The senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, Shehu Sani says it is unconstitutional for the Nigeria Police Force to attempt to stop citizens from embarking on protests.
Sani, who made this known while speaking on the #IStandWithNigeria protests said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led several protests before winning the elections that brought them to power.
“Protest is fundamental right in a democracy. In fact, citizens should be encouraged to organise peaceful protest because it is a democratic channel through which they can express their strong opinion against policy, programme or action taken by government.
“A society that opposes violence must encourage the culture of peaceful protest. It is by encouraging people to peacefully protest that you can discourage them from going into violence,” he said.
“Nobody needs police permission to organise a protest. Police should simply be informed to organise protection for anybody who wants to protest.
“We led the protest against Jonathan. We led the protest against Obasanjo and even against military dictatorship here,” Sani said.